Keating, Jess. Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals. Illustrated by David DeGrand. New York: Knopf, 2016. Ebook.
Pink is tough! in Pink is for Blobfish, Jess Keating takes a look at some of the world’s animals that are pink, from the adorable hippopotamus baby to the poisonous dragon millipede, offers interesting facts about them, and introduces readers to some important scientific concepts along the way.
Keating has chosen her pink animals well. Readers may find some cute, like the hippo, pygmy seahorse or red uakaris, and she explains each creature’s interesting and unique features, including some “gross” things, too. But Keating also includes predatory pink animals, too, like the pink tarantula and the orchid mantis. Others, like the starfish, have weird features; “Some might think [the starfish’s external stomach digestion process] is gross, but seasoned animal explorers know the truth: it’s seriously cool.”
Each animal has, in addition to several large colorful photographs and quick biography, a section where its scientific name, habitat, diet, size, and threats are included. The book contains a glossary of introduced terms, an appendix for more reading and career options for those interested, as well as a map to locate each of the creatures in the book. The format changes up for each section on the page, and it set off by graphics, colors, and fonts, making it easy to read. Pages are black with easily read contrasting color print.
The book also works particularly well as an ebook; while it doesn’t necessarily have any additional or interactive features included in the ecopy, its bold photographs and color bring each of the animals alive on the computer screen, and the structure and format of the book looks beautiful on screen.
Pink is for Blobfish is an excellent book for elementary-level children, but especially for sparking girls’ interest in science; it takes a color traditionally associated with girls (pink) and demonstrates how pink animals aren’t necessarily like some characteristics also traditionally associated with girls. As it states in the back of the book, “Pink is slimy, scaly, feathery, fanged, venomous, graceful, big, small, jumpy, sly, nocturnal, loud, strong, brainy…”