|Deadliest! : 20 dangerous animals (Extreme animals)|
Author: Jenkins, Steve
What do a cape buffalo, a king cobra and a puffer fish all have in common? They're three of the deadliest animals on the planet, and this book will show you why.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 5.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 194330
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.60
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 70961
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/17)
School Library Journal (08/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 08/01/2017 One of the first children’s science books written by Jenkins, Biggest, Strongest, Fastest (1995), explored superlatives in the animal kingdom. Now he returns to the subject in the colorful and attractively designed Extreme Animals series. Exploring themes such as deadliest and trickiest, the topics are well chosen for primary-grade children, and these science readers have the clear, reliable writing and polished artwork that readers have come to expect of Jenkins. Each one- or two-page presentation introduces a species through a paragraph of text, an eye-catching picture, a fun factoid or two, and a sidebar noting what the animal eats and where it lives. Other helpful features include a small range map and a comparative size indicator, which shows a silhouette of the creature beside that of a man. The lively, distinctive collage illustrations of individual animals show up clearly against the white pages. The 20 animals discussed in Deadliest!include the surprisingly fast-charging hippopotamus, the lethally venomous box jellyfish, and, “deadliest of all,” the mosquito. An extremely appealing new series for the animal shelves. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 Gr 2–5—Jenkins's new series highlights distinctive qualities of familiar and less common creatures, from the puffer fish's poison (Deadliest!) to the unusual hunting techniques of the stoplight loosejaw (Trickiest!). A single paragraph introduces each animal and its special features, while one or two insets add additional facts. Some of these relate directly to the "tricky" or "dangerous" theme; others add a bit of more general species data. Jenkins's expert cut- and torn-paper illustrations provide high visual appeal. Clean lines, careful shading, and clearly delineated body parts effectively highlight key features such as the spines of the giant silk moth caterpillar (Deadliest!) and the alligator snapping turtle's lurelike tongue (Trickiest!). Many visuals significantly enrich a young reader's learning experience. For example, the verbal description of the western hognose snakes "playing dead" trick is good (Trickiest!), but the side-by-side images of the animal show exactly how its appearance and actions work. Layouts are varied and uncluttered, with either one or two animals per spread. Other useful features include a range map which depicts diet samples and a size comparison graphic. In each title, a closing summary spread looks at the featured animals differently: a table in Deadliest! lists the number of human deaths caused by each, while Trickiest! groups them according to the ways each animal uses its "tricks." VERDICT Top-notch nonfiction with high appeal for browsing and learning.—Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.