Yuck, You Suck!

Poems about Animals That Sip, Slurp, Suck

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Warning: this book sucks! It bites, slurps, and sticks too.

Dare to open these pages and you’ll find ticks, mosquitos, stingrays, elephants, jellyfish, and the particularly sucky lamprey. Sixteen slurpy poems from Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple introduce a suction-filled selection of animals, and spectacularly sticky illustrations from Eugenia Nobati spotlight these stupendous suckers.

Ready to find out more? Prepare to get sucked in and read on . . .

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Animals
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2022-10-04
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF042010, JNF051030, JNF051150
Dewey 590
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 650
Guided Reading Level S
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Table of contents

Author: Heidi E. Y. Stemple

Heidi E. Y. Stemple is the author of more than forty books and numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children. She lives and writes on a farm in Massachusetts.

Author: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen lives in Massachusetts and has written more than 400 books across all genres and age ranges, including the Sydney Taylor Honor book Miriam at the River. In 2022 she was named the The Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Winner. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.

Illustrator: Eugenia Nobati

Eugenia Nobati is an illustrator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


  • Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2024
  • 2024-2025 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Long-listed, 2023
  • Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Awards Nominee, Nominated, 2023
  • School Library Journal Best Book of 2022, Winner, 2022


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“The colorful, comical illustrations bring about a lively scene and show animals with highly expressive facial features. Teachers may want to add this title as a literature connection to a study on animals or animal features.” –Children’s Literature

School Library Journal

“A delightful book that amuses and educates.”—starred, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[S]ufficient suckers and lappers of blood, ranging from fleas and mosquitoes to vampire bats, lampreys, and leeches, to gleefully put anyone off their lunch.”—Kirkus Reviews