Disgusting Critters

The Slug

The Disgusting Critters Series

Publisher: Tundra Books
One in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Slug is a look at the land slug. It covers such topics as the slug's two pairs of tentacles, one pair for seeing, one pair for smelling (it can see you're a kid and smell like broccoli), its breathing hole (on the side of its head!), and its pretty gross mucous covering (in order to find a partner, the slug can follow another slug's mucous trail. True love!). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Slug contains real information that will tie in with curriculum.


“Probably the grossest, but funniest, illustration is when the slug meets the snotty-nosed baby. That’s the two-page spread that a child will likely thrust into the face of a friend, hoping to get a loud response of “GROSS!” or “YUCK!” If a librarian or teacher is looking for an informational book for research, this isn’t it; but, it is a great, fun way to engage readers and share giggles.” - Booklist

“Readers will find the humorous cartoons to be a refreshing alternative to the photographs commonly found in non-fiction books. These pictures, paired with simple facts, make this book suitable for early readers, and could ease the transition into non-fiction for children who are reluctant to explore the genre.  It is also recommended for readers who are ready to start exploring simple chapter books. The Slug would be a welcome addition to both public and school library collections.” - Deakin Review of Children’s Literature