Discover TERRIFIC TONGUES, a fascinating new nonfiction picture book!


“A guide to the animal kingdom's most interesting tongues.” – School Library Journal

Discover TERRIFIC TONGUES, a fascinating new nonfiction picture book

Honesdale, Pennsylvania February 2018 – Boyds Mills Press is pleased to announce the publication of TERRIFIC TONGUES, a captivating and whimsical nonfiction picture book that uses humorous comparisons and playful artwork to teach children the unusual ways that a variety of animals—from woodpeckers to snakes to bats—use their tongues to find food, eat, and clean themselves.  The book, written by Maria Gianferrari and with artwork from debut illustrator Jia Liu, will be released this April.

Everyone has a tongue, but what do tongues actually do?  In TERRIFIC TONGUES, kids will learn about the woodpecker, which uses its tongue to burrow for insects under tree bark; the okapi, which can wash its face and ears with its tongue; and the octopus, which uses its tongue to drill holes in shells. Through Gianferrari’s fun, informative text and illustrator Liu’s bright, playful collage artwork, readers can imagine what it would be like to have a tongue like a sword, like a straw, or like a party blower, among many other silly and illuminating comparisons. The back matter expands on each animal tongue’s unique abilities and includes information about other fun tongues, too.

Kirkus Reviews says of TERRIFIC TONGUES: “Perfect for a group storytime, this is a useful addition to the wonders-of-animals shelf.”

And School Library Journal raves: “The appealing cover and bright, cheery illustrations will capture the attention of even casual browsers. A fine addition to early nonfiction collections.”


Boyds Mills Press * Written by Maria Gianferrari * Illustrated by Jia Liu * Publication date April 3, 2018 * 978-1-62091-784-8 * $17.95 U.S./$23.95 CAN * Picture book * Ages 4 - 8 * Grades PreK – 3 * * *

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