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From the creative team that brought us Where in the Wild? and Where ELSE in the Wild? come 10 new mysteries of the natural world for readers to solve. Kid-pleasing riddles paired with mystifying images give clues to guess: What creature made that pile of twigs, mass of leaves, frothy spittle, and so on...And why? As with the other books, answers are found by opening a generous gatefold and revealing full-color photographs.


Sample poem:

Lumpy Mounds

These lumpy mounds upon the ground, you may not recognize.
They're left behind once we have dined—that's how we fertilize!
We're long and lithe, we wriggle and writhe; of dead things we dispose.
We daily toil to plow the soil, and help stuff decompose!

What are they?
They're earthworm castings.

Sample "naturalist note" to support photos after creature is revealed:
Long and thin, squirmy and moist, lowly earthworms do mighty work. By spending their days 'worming' through the earth, wiggling and wriggling right and left, they work the soil much like a plow. That alone is a big job, but earthworms do even more. They are "decomposers"—creatures that consume dead plants and animals. The health of our planet depends on the work of decomposers.
David Schwartz|Yael Schy|Dwight Kuhn

About David Schwartz

David Schwartz - What in the Wild?
DAVID SCHWARTZ has written more than fifty children's books, including How Much Is a Million?, G is for Googol, and Q is for Quark.  He gives author presentations at schools and conferences all over the world, channeling the energy and humor found in his books to make math and science come alive for kids and educators. He lives in Oakland, California.

About Yael Schy

Yael Schy - What in the Wild?
Yael Schy is a consultant, trainer, facilitator, and coach who uses improvisational theater and dance to encourage leadership, teambuilding, and creative thinking in the workplace. She is co-author of a business training book, Teamwork Tools, and she also loves to write poems and songs. She lives in Oakland, California.

About Dwight Kuhn

Dwight Kuhn - What in the Wild?

Dwight Kuhn's beautifully composed nature photographs have been featured in 125 children's books. His work has been recognized by the Children's Book Council, Scientific American, and the John Burroughs Association. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Dexter, Maine.



Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2010:
"This third in the series of highly acclaimed books that began with Where in the Wild? offers a clever twist on the original idea."

Review, School Library Journal, September, 2010:
"...This tidy package from a talented trio will delight children (and teachers of whole curriculum, too)."

Review, Booklist, September 15, 2010:
"The clever verse, curious photos, and guessing-game element will engage children, while the clear explanations and photos of details will enlighten them."

Review, The Children's Book Review, November 15, 2010:
"An engaging and mind-tingling book for young readers."

Review, The 4:00 Book Hook, December 2010/January 2011 issue:
"... one could teach an entire year (at least) of math and science using the books that David M. Schwartz has had a hand in making, and WHAT IN THE WILD? Surely validates that idea. It’s a picture book but budding scientists or poets of all ages will find it fascinating."

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