Misfits in the Wild
by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
Everyone admires animals that are big and fast and strong. But this book isn’t about them. Misfits in the Wild is about the unsung underdogs of the animal world that normally barely get a mention!
Written in a humorous, conversational voice, this book looks at a parade of critters that are small, slow, stinky, lazy, clumsy, shy, and more. These traits might seem like weaknesses, but they’re actually super-powers that help these animals survive in an eat-or-be-eaten world.
After reading this book, you might think twice before making quick judgments about the animals around us.
Misfits in the Wild shows that it’s not always the strongest, fastest or tallest that are the most remarkable but the real heroes are the ones that do the most with what they’ve got.
About the Author and Illustrator
Melissa Stewart is the author of more than 180 science and nature-themed books for children, including the award-winning A Place for… series. She holds degrees in biology and science journalism and serves on the board of advisors for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Melissa lives in eastern Massachusetts.
Stephanie Laberis is a character designer and illustrator who specializes in creating art for animation and children’s publications. She has illustrated several picture books, including My Little Golden Book of Sharks and Grumpy Cat ABC Book. For Stephanie, creating the illustrations for this book was a marriage of her two greatest passions: art and animals! She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area.