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Nature's Deadly Creatures Hardcover – September 8, 1992
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-- Six venomous animals are the focus of this cleverly engineered title. As each page is turned, a lifelike paper replica rises up menacingly from the book's center (with the exception of the black widow, which operates by a tab). Particularly effective are the king cobra and Gila monster, which are infused with enough movement to startle the unwary. Also included are the zebrafish, African thick-tailed scorpion, and blue-ringed octopus. After explaining which body part contains the venom and how the animal uses it to capture prey or defend itself, the text briefly describes the creature's outstanding physical or behaviorial characteristics, its geographic range, and diet. Miscellaneous bits of information and some anecdotes of human encounters with the beasts are presented in short blocks of text scattered around the pop-up--some are difficult to read as they are positioned over drawings that obscure the print. Each block is illustrated by a snapshot-sized full-color photograph or drawing. The photos are of good quality; however, some of the drawings of people being attacked are mediocre. Although clearly written, the text is sometimes marred by oversimplification. Some of the featured illustrations are obviously larger than life, but there is no clue as to the rate of magnification. The book will attract browsers, but report writers will have to go elsewhere for more detailed information. --Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.