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Nicola Davies is a zoologist and writer. She graduated from Cambridge with a degree in zoology before going on to work in television and is now the author of numerous non-fiction books including Poo; Big Blue Whale; Gaia Worriers; Surprising Sharks and Ice Bear, as well as the novel Home. Nicola lives in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales.Neal Layton has illustrated over forty books for children, including the other books in this series - Poo, Extreme Animals, What's Eating You? and Just the Right Size. Neal lives in Portsmouth.


Nature isn't always pretty-in fact, sometimes it's downright nasty. In this squat volume, the sixth nature-themed collaboration from this duo, Davies strikes a light tongue-in-cheek tone to explore hostile animal behavior. Layton's characteristically deadpan cartoons show animals using an arsenal of defense mechanisms and demonstrating predatory prowess. A viper injects poison into a mouse, a bombardier beetle "sprays boiling toxic liquid out of its rear end," and a crocodile devours a bespectacled zebra ("The crocodile then performs the so-called 'death roll,' clamping its jaws around a body part-such as a head or leg-and spinning in the water to twist it off"). While educating readers about the fascinating ways animals kill one another, Davies also speaks to the importance of nature conservation and the human impact on wildlife. Ages 8-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Gr 3-6-This humorous and fact-filled book is chock-full of fun. From ants to grizzly bears, from beetles to falcons, these poisonous and armed-and-dangerous creatures will delight young readers. With hilarity and information, the opening pages describe the HDR, or Human Deadliness Rating, of various creatures. The book is enhanced with full-page illustrations and cartoon panels that lighten the text and make the content less alarming. The descriptions of "the ways animals kill each other" are handled flawlessly for children. It's important to note that the book also addresses the crucial roles predators play in their various ecosystems, how humans are threatening some habitats, how some of the poisons are actually lifesaving, and how humans have a responsibility to keep all of these animals safe. The illustration-filled index and glossary add to the book's usefulness. Teachers and librarians looking to teach the Common Core Standards and expository writing will delight in this book and the dynamic way it will engage children.-Nancy Jo Lambert, Ruth Borchardt Elementary, Plano, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Written in an informative conversational style, this book is enhanced by Neal Layton's comic illustrations complete with speech bubbles and lashings of gore. * The Bookseller *
a book that expertly balances serious fact and silliness * CBI recommended reads of 2012 *

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