by Steve Parker Illustrated by Stuart Martin
ABC Books, Non fiction, Hardback rrp $35.00
Some animals are extreme survivors like the cockroach, the Emperor Penguin or the Australian water holding frog. Other animals are very dangerous like the giant squid or the tiny spider. And you don’t want to marry a preying mantis. It’s deadly!!
The facts in Extreme Animals are presented in a variety of eye-catching ways. Under flaps, inside pockets and on cards. There are colours, fonts and shapes galore, as well as photos and lifelike drawings of each animal.
In the centre is a paper art pop-up frill-necked lizard. That’s the Don’t Mess With Me page. My favourite page was the one that followed, Amazing Appetites. I knew about the gigantic appetites of the blue whale and the anaconda but I had never heard of the deep-sea gulper eel and had never thought how enormous the appetite of a swarm of tiny locusts is.
This book is an excellent choice for the young non-reader on your Christmas shopping list.