Who knew – moles, those potato-shaped creatures that mainly live underground, have super powers.

One of the most interesting facts (and quite disgusting, don’t eat spinach pizza while reading it) in The Superpower Field Guide Moles by Rachel Poliquin ($26.50, Raincoast Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is that moles create worm pantries in their underground tunnels to store worms for when food is scarce. But because worms either would just squiggle away or decompose quickly, moles bites their heads off. Apparently, worms can grow a new head in a couple of months. So maybe worms have super powers, too.

This is the second book I have read in this series by Poliquin (you can read about the Beaver book with my Q&A with the B.C.-based author here ). You can read a review of Poliquin’s Beastly Puzzles here.

At the beginning of the book we meet Rosalie, a common mole, whose superpowers include: Astonishing Architect of Dirt; Indefatigable Paws of Power; Double-Thumb digging Dominance; Arms of Hercules; Super-Squidgibility; Early Whisker Warning System; Headless Hoarding; Saliva of Death (Maybe?); and Blood of Gods.

Each chapter gives more information about the highlighted super power in an informative, but exception funny way. There are quizzes where you can test your knowledge and illustrations to help you understand. While big word, such as Indefatigable, are used, they are also explained in an easy to understand way (“That means paws that just won’t quit).

I love Poliquin’s writing style and I love how she takes these creatures and explains how cool they really are.

A copy of this book was provided by Raincoast Books for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.