Strange Creatures

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- Real animals--some long extinct, some living--are the stars here; oddly shaped bodies, appendages, and/or features qualify them as Strange Creatures . Even aficionados of prehistoric beasts will find several they have never heard of before. Peters explains the purposes, known or assumed, of the spectacular jaws, claws, fins, and tails. The juxtaposition of extinct and equally bizarre living creatures is a plus. Only one sentence is troubling, in reference to female sea horses and their ilk, who apparently ``stand by as the males produce the young.'' As the females previously deposited eggs into a stomach sack on the males' bodies, they do have something to do with the birth process. The rest of the information is accurate, and the lavish, oversized, full-color pictures will help insure the book's constant use. Each animal's size is noted; large ones are shown with an attractive cast of multiethnic children for comparative purposes. For reports as well as for browsing, this title provides readers with an enjoyable introduction to some extraordinary creatures. --Carla Kozak, San Francisco Public Library
Denia Hester
Strange creatures indeed. And with intriguing names like goblin shark, wobbegong, and Tully monster, you can bet there's an eager audience out there waiting to know exactly what they are. The table of contents divides the animals into such eye-catching categories as Creepy Crocodiles, Incredible Invertebrates, Awesome Amphibians, and Strange Sharks. Many of the animals are extinct, but that won't get in the way of the fun. Descriptions are very brief; illustrations are bold and plentiful, and the oversize format of the book allows many of the creatures to be shown in actual size. This won't provide much for report writing but will satisfy that perennial lover of the kooky and the creepy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688101558
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1992
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 years

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