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School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—These titles have two-page chapters of accessible, large-type text and bright color photos and illustrations. Hippos answers such questions as, "Were There Ancient Hippos?" and "Do Hippos Have Enemies?" The second title discusses how "biters find their victims" and whether microscopic creatures are good for us. Pinnipeds describes how walruses and seals swim, and their predators. Swarms asserts that the Madagascar hissing cockroach is a "great pet." The series distinguishes itself with "X-Ray Vision." When readers hold the page with this prompt up to the light, an image emerges. The X-rays mostly show the skeletal structures of the animals. Text boxes throughout add to the visual appeal. Readers could easily flip through these titles and glean important facts, including how human beings affect the animals and their habitats. Pictures of the creatures feeding on or being fed to another animal are included. The subject is handled matter-of-factly. In Hippos, Clarke says about a baby hippo, "But its death is not a waste, because its body provides food for other creatures." These titles are excellent resources for school assignments and browsing.—Lori A. Guenthner, Baltimore County Public Library, Randallstown, MD
Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
This intriguing entry in the "Scary Creatures" series features an eye-catching image of bees bursting through the front cover. The text, in a large, easy-to-read font, examines what swarms are, why animals swarm and why swarms are scary, what killer bees are, whether lemmings really try to kill themselves, and other matters relating to large groupings of animals around the world, from locusts to snow geese, sardines, dolphins and red crabs. "Did You Know?" sidebars offer entertaining facts; for example, birds may gorge on cicadas until they are too full to fly. Terms like "shoal" are highlighted in bold and defined in a glossary at the end, and there is also an end list of facts and an index, though suggested readings and web sites are unfortunately absent. The real appeal, here, though, is the many large color photos and detailed cutaway illustrations, as well as a couple of "special X-ray vision" pages: holding the page up to the light allows the images from the page behind it to show through, showing, for instance, what happens inside a termite mound. Attractive and informative, this will appeal to elementary-age students and serve as a useful supplement to science lessons. For schools and public libraries. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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Scary Creatures Series
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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