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Wild Dog Attacks (Animal Attacks) Library Binding – September, 2000

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Grade 4-7-A series aimed at reluctant readers. In both books, each chapter begins with a short accounting of an attack on a human. This certainly engages readers' attention, but one has to wonder about the messages being conveyed. Croc, the better of the two, is illustrated with full-color photos of the reptiles in their natural setting. In Dog, any homeless or abandoned canine is defined as wild. The author then goes on to talk about attacks by people's pets and hypothesizes that these creatures were allowed to wander by their owner. She seems to be presenting her own personal agenda that certain dogs are violent, vicious animals and cannot be trusted in any situation. This title could be scary and very upsetting to children, who would likely get the impression that all canines are dangerous and will attack them even if unprovoked. This message is reinforced by the large, full-color photos that show snarling and attacking dogs and victims' scars. Croc presents some interesting facts and should find an audience; Dogs is less successful.
Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Suzanne J Murdico is the author of several nonfiction books for children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: High Interest Books: Animal Attack!
  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Press (CT) (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0516233165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0516233161
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Gibbard on May 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book incorrectly shows the Wild Dog, Lycaon pictus, on the cover and on one other page in this book as a photograph and neglects to inform the reader that there has never been anything written in fact or legend of a dog in the wild attacking a human.

Indeed those that know this dog will recognise the submissive grin gape on the cover and the book does not mention Lycaon at all within the book which is really about domestic dogs and attacks by those species on humans.

This book infact undoes to a large degree in the eyes of the targetted audience, children, all the hard work by researchers around the world who have worked and continue to work for this dogs future.

It should be withdrawn from publication until it is corrected.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2002
Format: Library Binding
Wild Dog Attacks is a misleading title for this "book". It is not about "wild dogs" at all, instead it is about domestic dogs that attack people. A wild dog is not a domestic dog, a wild dog lives in a place like the African savanna (As the picture on the front cover of the book is a real African Wild Dog) and a real wild dog is not closely related to domestic dogs that we have as pets.
The information in this book is poorly presented, as the author and editors clearly show their lack of any mathematic ability, highlighted by constant errors in calculating dog weights (example: 110 pounds does NOT equal 242 kg).
The book is highlighted by numerous pictures of vicious dogs, bearing their teeth and the following text talking about how many people have been killed by dogs over a certain period of time. The book is essentially a bad cliche about the viciousness of dogs and how they need to be loved or they will attack. It is not even close to being correct.
It is aimed at children, but written so poorly as I first thought it was written by a child. The information in this book is not presented in an interesting fashion, and is full of holes and does not provide any real new insight into why dogs attack. Children not be scared of this book, nor will they find it interesting. It has information about dogs that is very vague and hard to understand why it is even in the book.
I would suggest that you avoid the book, as the information in it is so basic, and in some cases incorrect, as not not make it interesting at all. Also the book is misleading and poorly written.
I gave it one star because the rating scale did not go lower. I would recommend that if you want to read about dog attacks, you wait for the next time it is written about in the newspaper; at least then you might get facts that are correct and a story that is interesting and gives more reason to wild dog attacks than does this book.
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