What If Humans Were Like Animals?

The Amazing and Disgusting Life You'd Lead as a Snake, Bird, Fish, or Worm!

What If Humans Were Like Animals?

For Ages: 9 - 12
Everyone has wondered what it would be like to be their pet dog or cat—covered in fur, walking on all fours. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to have eight eyes and legs like a spider? What if you drank through a straw that was part of your mouth like a butterfly? The imagination runs wild in this book that explores the hilarious possibilities of what it would be like if people had the traits of animals all while learning distinct and disgusting facts about these animals. For instance, picture what it would be like if people . . .

  • . . . carried their young in their mouths like jawfish do.
  • . . . were as strong as carpenter ants, which can lift 850x their own weight.
  • . . . could stretch over 10x their own length the way that ribbon worms can.
  • . . . had eyes in their hands like starfish.
  • . . . had skunk defenses and squirted some stink out of their rears when they’re attacked.
What If Humans Were Animals imagines all these possibilities and more in hilariously graphic picture and gag-provoking text that entertains as well as educates. Readers will never be able to forget all these animal facts when they picture them in this zany and outrageous context.
  • Readers Digest | 
  • 144 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781621450306 | 
  • April 2013 | 
  • Grades 4 - 6

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About the Author

Marianne Taylor

Marianne Taylor is a writer and editor, with a lifelong interest in science and nature. After seven years working for book and magazine publishers, she took the leap into the freelance world, and has since written ten books on wildlife, science and general natural history. She is also an illustrator and keen photographer, and when not at her desk or out with her camera she enjoys running, practicing aikido, and helping out at the local cat rescue center.

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