27 May 2010
Deadly Peril and how to avoid it
by Tracey Turner and illustrated by Ben Hasler
Allen and Unwin. Young Adult, Children's Non-Fiction. Paperback rrp $16.99
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis
The first coded in red, is Menace from the Deep with ten sea creatures that include the Box Jellyfish, Blue-ringed Octopus, Stone Fish, and Giant Squid. Deadly Planet follows. It contains Volcano, Avalanche, Rip Current, Quicksand, and Earthquake among its twelve entries.
Unexpected Peril has eight entries which are astonishing but which lend humour to the whole book. These include Frozen Toilet Waste, Spontaneous Human Combustion, Coconut (falling on one’s head), and Fugu. These pale in significance when compared to Animal Attack that includes Fierce Snake, Vampire Bat, Golden Poison Frog and Crocodile.
The other subjects are Small But Lethal with small insects and their dangers, Perilous Weather, that touches on various dangers presented by the natural elements, Everyday Peril, a humorous yet real depiction of dangers in daily life such as Sleepwalking, Getting Dressed, and Poisonous Garden Plants. The entries close with Adventurous Peril with Skydiving, The Bends and Cave-in.
The cover is blood red and has a black skull imprint. But this won’t deter the 13 – 103 age groups it is aimed at. At the end is a Don’t Panic! Page, and pages for notes by the reader.