It's a picture book with high-interest narration. . . . [In] this highly graphic, well-written text, the reader learns about more than 150 fiendish friends in the animal kingdom. On every page, the focus is on details. . . and Kingfisher knows what children want. They want to be in awe, to be face-to-face with something beautiful (or downright ugly), to learn fascinating facts, and to examine detail that is difficult even for researchers to see in the wild. . . . Definitely pick up Attack and Defense. Students will be waiting in line to read this one. (NSTA Recommends)
This is a great collection of creepy-crawlies. The book is definitely not boring, with a variety of techniques showing how they various weapons and defenses work. There is not only a basic narrative throughout, but small factoids pop up every so often, making for some great reading. . . .For those who like to see nature at its deadliest and scariest, this is a fantastic book. (SanFrancisco Book Review)
About the Author
Professor Phil Whitfield is a lecturer in zoology, biology, and parasitology at King's College, University of London. He is also an author and consultant, producing books on science, technology, and especially the life sciences. His past works have been shortlisted for the Rhone-Poulence Prize for sceince writing. He lives in London, UK.