Elem./MG – A Curious Collection of Dangerous Creatures

Bayly, Sami. A Curious Collection of Dangerous Creatures. The Experiment, 2021. 978-1-615-19824-5. 125 p. $18.95. Grades 3-8. 

Dangerous…it’s a word that evokes feelings of fear and terror in many individuals. While animals considered or called dangerous can pose some level of threats to humans, they are often misunderstood. Author and illustrator Sami Bayly spotlights some of these creatures and explores how they have adapted to ward off predators with amazing (and yes, dangerous) defense mechanisms. For example, the greater slow loris (a small, tree-dwelling primate native to some countries in Asia), produces toxins in its elbow glands. If you see it licking its armpit/elbow area, watch out! It’s collecting venom that mixes with saliva to create a toxic bite. The geography cone snail lives near coral reefs in the Pacific. From the outside, it looks like a beautiful seashell, but inside lives the world’s most venomous sea snail. One shot of the snail’s venom can kill up to 15 people! These are just two of the 60 creatures profiled in this engaging title. Each entry defines the danger profile for the animal, as well as identifying their habitat, eating habits and conservation status. Particularly noteworthy are Byly’s illustrations. Trained as a natural history illustrator, her detailed watercolor paintings are true works of art and bring the animals to life.
Note: A Curious Collection of Dangerous Creatures was previously published in Australia under the title The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals.

THOUGHTS: This fantastic title will give readers a new appreciation and respect for the ways animals have adapted to survive. Ideal for casual browsers or researchers, readers will find themselves engrossed by the interesting facts presented about each animal and the detailed illustrations. 

591.6 Animals          Elizabeth Henry, Lampeter-Strasburg SD

Elem. – Animal Kingdom Series NF

Murray, Julie. Animal Kingdom. Abdo Publishing, 2020.

Toads. 978-1-532-11655-1. $20.95 ea. $1,005.60 set of 48. Grades 2-4.
Other titles in this series may be viewed here.

Toads is an introductory book to the hopping amphibian! This book is filled with information on the physical description of toads, the life cycle, eating habits, habitat, and additional materials. Beautiful photographs, infographics, bold-faced words, a glossary, and even more exploratory information is found within this exciting read. Readers will enjoy learning about toads and discovering what makes them unique!

THOUGHTS: I really liked this introductory book to toads. It was filled with a lot of great information, but it was presented in an engaging way that young readers will be able to learn a lot of information, but still have understanding of the material presented. A fun, visual read.

597.87 MUR                                        Rachel Burkhouse, Otto-Eldred SD