Debra Kempf Shumaker
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Peculiar Primates

From fun­ny faces to col­ored butts and floss­ing teeth to thump­ing chests, this fol­low-up to Freaky, Funky Fish high­lights some pecu­liar ways pri­mates look and act to sur­vive in the world they live in.


“Ver­dict: Great for a par­tic­i­pa­to­ry sto­ry time or chil­dren on their own, this book belongs in every library.” (School Library Jour­nal)

“The min­i­mal text… will pull in reluc­tant read­ers and also make for a good read-aloud for the very young. The col­or­ful art­work uses a win­ning com­bi­na­tion of accu­rate details, sly humor, and expres­sive, com­i­cal facial expres­sions.” (Kirkus)


Pecu­liar Pri­mates Bibliography

Pecu­liar Pri­mates Teacher Resources

The New Eng­land Pri­mate Con­ser­van­cy is an ani­mal pro­tec­tion and wildlife con­ser­va­tion orga­ni­za­tion that makes its great­est impact through edu­ca­tion. Find more lessons and activ­i­ties here.


Claire Pow­ell’s art was accept­ed into a juried exhi­bi­tion for The Orig­i­nal Art 2023 exhi­bi­tion at the Soci­ety of Illus­tra­tors in NYC. 

Peculiar Primates

Pecu­liar Pri­mates
Fun Facts about These Curi­ous Crea­tures
writ­ten by Debra Kempf Shu­mak­er
illus­trat­ed by Claire Pow­ell
Run­ning Press Kids, Octo­ber 11, 2022

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