BookHounds Invites Rick Chrustowski in ‘The Case of Habitats & Homes’

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More BookHounds: Stephanie Watson
Stephen and Trisha Speed Shaskan

Rick Chrustowski and I met at our Monster Bash for David LaRochelle.  So many people continually introduced us.
By the end of the day, I finally said, “I’m sure you’re a nice guy, but goodness, why does everyone want us to meet?”
That’s when Megan Maynor said, “He’s an author, Gianna.”


I am thrilled that people persisted because Rick is a true detective.  His 11 vibrant books are based on his real-life investigations.  There is so much to learn in this episode.

BookHounds References

Minneapolis, Minnesota


Valparaiso, Indiana

University of Wisconsin, Madison

River Falls, Wisconsin

St. Paul, Minnesota

Como Zoo


Bluebird Nests

Bees are in Trouble!


Organic Gardening

Interesting facts about Bats

Chick Facts-What is a clutch?

Banana Facts

Art Discussion

Colored Paper Art  with docrafts Papermania Paper Pack, 12 by 12-Inch, Colored, 48-Pack
Watercolor Washes with Artist’s Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Pan Set
Tight and Detailed

Rick Chrustowski’s Books and Recommendations

Bee Dance

Turtle Crossing
Big Brown Bat

Bright Beetle

Blue Sky Bluebird

Hop Frog

Higgledy-Piggledy Chicks

Lunch at the Zoo: What Zoo Animals Eat and Why by Joyce Altman (2001-01-15)

Army Ant Parade

Books by Eric Carle

Books by Kevin Henkes




More BookHounds: John Coy
Vicki Palmquist

Read Together


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About the author

Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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