|Creatures of the night|
Author: De la Bedoyere, Camilla
Features more than a dozen extraordinary animals that live in the dark.
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/14)
School Library Journal (12/01/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2014 Gr 3–6—These attractive volumes cover a wide variety of unusual animals. Devoting a spread to each creature, the books describe basic information, such as diet, habitat, size, and unique abilities. The layouts are dramatic, featuring fascinating, sometimes stunning, photos and drawings set against black backgrounds, such as frightening spreads of a wolf spider and a giant desert hairy scorpion. Succinct, intriguing facts will keep readers enthralled. Creatures of the Night sheds light on mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates, including the well-known (gray wolf, leopard) and the unusual (puss mouth moth, fungus gnat). Monsters of the Deep includes an equally wide variety of ocean inhabitants: whales, sharks, and turtles, as well as the flashlight fish and comb jelly (though categorizing some of them, such as the beluga whale or the Weddell seal, as "monsters" seems a stretch). Charming looks at some odd creatures.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/15/2015 This compilation of some of nature’s most notable nocturnes is all about adaptation. From the biggest and most complex nocturnal mammals, such as the gray wolf, down to the tiniest cave-dwelling cricket and fungus gnat, this book highlights the most amazing means that animals use to thrive in the dark. Many of these adaptations are common, such as heightened visual acuity and alternative means of hearing, while others, like bioluminescence and transparent eyelids, are extraordinary. Vampire bats, cave-dwelling sea creatures, and several hairy, scary arachnids are spooky and fun topics of discussion. Each two-page spread is packed with full-color photographs and informational captions. A “Fact File” in the marginalia details species’ diets and habitats. Obscure trivia will astound even ardent animal buffs. A glossary defines unfamiliar terms, and an index organizes all species that are mentioned. This detailed look at creatures that go bump in the night is a reminder of just how amazing animal adaptations are. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.