This new addition to the "Predators in the Wild" series introduces young readers to the mysterious world of the Komodo Dragon. The slim-chapter book begins with fast-facts such as the common and scientific name of the Komodo Dragon. Information about their length, weight and appearance, life span, habitat and prey are also found on this useful page. Vivid photographs and easy-to-read text convey the uniqueness of this amazing creature. The mating and reproduction habits of the dragons are revealed. Other segments include hunting habits, deadly bacteria that infects their prey and their unusual physical features that aid their ability to kill. Komodo Dragon myths are many and are refuted. Also presented are the many reasons these creatures must be protected and considered endangered. Readers will also discover the important role that zoos play in the survival of this most respected and revered creature. A words-to-know page is included in the endnotes, along with useful addresses and Internet sites for those readers who seek more information. 2002, Capstone Press, $21.26. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Sue Reichard AGES: 8 9 10 11 12
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-These series entries look at aspects of the creatures' lives, including where they live, what they eat, and what efforts are being made to conserve their habitats. A "Fast Facts" section at the beginning of each book offers basic information (e.g., height, weight, prey, etc.), and further details are provided in the four chapters that follow. Each chapter begins with a three-sentence summation, which seems a bit extraneous given that they are only about five pages long. The small blocks of simple text amid lots of white space add to a user-friendly appearance, and the color photos on every page do an adequate job, although in a few cases they seem to be oddly placed. For example, in each book, the full-page photo of some favorite foods isn't next to the main explanatory text on the subject. Still, these titles offer good, although not in-depth, information, and will appeal both to browsers and to those seeking material for brief reports. Serviceable additions, especially where easy-to-read nonfiction is in high demand.-Arwen Marshall, formerly at New York Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.