Extreme Animals

Extreme Animals : The Toughest Creatures on Earth

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Davies's chatty, funny text and Layton's colorful illustrations will pull kids into this fascinating book about survival. . . . Exciting biology for the classroom. -- Booklist (starred review) From the persevering emperor penguins of the South Pole to the brave bacteria inside bubbling volcanoes, from the hardy reptiles of the driest deserts to the squash-proof creatures of the deepest seabeds, animals have adapted to survive in conditions that would kill a human faster than you can say coffin. Discover how they do it in this amazing natural history book from a celebrated team -- and find out who wins the title of the toughest animal of them all.
Back matter includes an index and a glossary.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 61 pages
  • 147 x 239 x 8mm | 204g
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, color
  • 0763641278
  • 9780763641276
  • 210,530

Review quote

The authors bring just the right note of whimsy and scientific accuracy to their task...[a] mischievous, nitty-gritty, unsentimental approach to nature.
--New York Times Book Review What makes this book a standout is that it manages to integrate very funny humor, gross guts-and-gore, and riveting scientific information.
--The Horn Book (starred review) Fine fare for younger naturalists.
--Kirkus Reviews Breezy, engaging, and thoroughly informative...will pique children's curiosity and have them clamoring to learn more about these unique creatures.
--School Library Journal (starred review) Davies' chatty, funny text and Layton's colorful cartoons illustrations, as playful and immediate as they were in Davies Poop (2004), will pull kids into the fascinating book about survival.
--Booklist (starred review)
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About Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies graduated with a degree in zoology before becoming a writer, producer, and presenter of radio and television programs. She lives in Somerset, England. Neal Layton received distinction for his M.A. in illustration from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, in London, and has been illustrating books for children ever since. He lives in Portsmouth, England.
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Rating details

160 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
5 41% (66)
4 38% (61)
3 18% (29)
2 2% (3)
1 1% (1)
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