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Deadly!: The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth (Animal Science) Hardcover – March 26, 2013

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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, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Davies takes advantage of her zoological expertise to inform readers not only how certain animals have the potential to kill humans but also how they kill one another. Included are the expected animal baddies, such as wolves and sharks, but also the innocuous looking mantis shrimp and peregrine falcon. The most entertaining lethal adaptations are described in detail, including a bombardier beetle’s explosive backside and the poison arrow frog’s noxious skin. As expected, considering the topic, Layton’s wacky cartoon illustrations are a bit graphic. But they also elevate the text to a high-interest timbre, offering an irreverent wink that kids will find irresistible. While on the surface it is a book of animal facts and trivia, a coherent message is implied throughout—that although some animals may be scary or ferocious, ecosystems are built on interdependence, and conservation efforts must include all creatures in any given environment. Grades 2-4. --Erin Anderson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1230L (What's this?)
  • Series: Animal Science
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763662313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763662318
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.4 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By gumi on November 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 9 year old daughter LOVES this series and when she found out there was a new one (and the title was DEADLY!), she was excited! We found this book very informative--there was tons of things we didn't know about animals! We like the sense of humor and the illustration is cute and funny as always. We highly recommend this author/illustrator series.
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I love this book but I scan through it and filter the reading of it to my toddler.
All toddlers love being scared by monster stories, but there is nothing like non-fiction scariness as in dangerous animals that really exist in our world, although not in our immediate habitat.

Yes, the words "Kill", "Stab", "Murder" etc are in the book, so generally speaking I would skip the first two pages and just move from illustration to illustration instead. However, in the education of a child, there is no more nobler way to introduce those horrible concepts than in our natural animal world. What is unnatural is human killing, stabing, and murdering, and this could absolutely be explained to children. The fact they see animals doing this should teach them that only animals do this "for survival" and to complete the circle of life. However, this is not how humans behave.

In any case, this book is unique and I am glad we have an interesting, thought-provoking, and dramatic addition to our non-fiction library. Enough about fantasies, ghost stories, and fairy tales. This is the real deal.
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By Winnie on October 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have mixed feelings about this book. The title, "Deadly! The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth", is captivating – I like it. Even the title page with the exploding ant is fun. However, the first page is a little disturbing and not reflective of the rest of the book. The rest of the book is a factual book about dangerous creatures on Earth, how they survive, how they catch prey. This is life in the animal world and can be very fascinating to a reader. But that first page, listing different ways of killing (stabbing, strangling, electrocuting, etc.), is a bit much I don’t like the sentence, “It’s clear that animals have been almost as GOOD at finding different ways to hurt and murder one another as we humans have.” Good? And the next page with Kill! Kill! Kill! I get what the author was trying to accomplish, liked most of the book, but these first two pages were over the top.
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By DLG on October 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 2nd grader came home with this today from the school library, and it looked fun & silly.

However, the first page says things like "drowning, poisoning" and list other forms of death. Then basically says animals are almost as good as people are at hurting and killing each other. What??? I can't understand if it supposed to be funny or not, but it isn't. Why talk about humans murdering each other? I'm all for learning about how the animal kingdom works (the book covers certain "scary" creatures and how they kill their prey) but the opening paragraph is just plain wrong.
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