Weird and Wonderful: Attack and Defense: Astonishing Animals, Bizarre Behavior

Weird and Wonderful: Attack and Defense: Astonishing Animals, Bizarre Behavior

by Phil Whitfield, ANIMAL PLANET
     
 

The leading media brand for all things animal, this is an exciting and innovative book program that continues to deliver engaging, high-quality information about the animal kingdom. Launched in 1997, Animal Planet today has a unique global reach. It is broadcast in more than 96 million US households and 165 other countries, in 24 languages.

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Overview

The leading media brand for all things animal, this is an exciting and innovative book program that continues to deliver engaging, high-quality information about the animal kingdom. Launched in 1997, Animal Planet today has a unique global reach. It is broadcast in more than 96 million US households and 165 other countries, in 24 languages.

Come face to face with the record breakers of the animal kingdom in this lavishly illustrated new series. Each title features more than 200 of the world's most extraordinary animals and their sometimes-bizarre behavior. Marvel at the amazing strategies animals deploy to track, catch and kill their prey; how they defend themselves from attack; how they rear their young, survive in extreme temperatures, and adapt to life in the ocean's depths.

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“It's a picture book with high-interest narration. . . . [In] this highly graphic, well-written text, the reader learns about more than 150 fiendish friends in the animal kingdom. On every page, the focus is on details. . . and Kingfisher knows what children want. They want to be in awe, to be face-to-face with something beautiful (or downright ugly), to learn fascinating facts, and to examine detail that is difficult even for researchers to see in the wild. . . . Definitely pick up Attack and Defense. Students will be waiting in line to read this one.” —NSTA Recommends

“This is a great collection of creepy-crawlies. The book is definitely not boring, with a variety of techniques showing how they various weapons and defenses work. There is not only a basic narrative throughout, but small factoids pop up every so often, making for some great reading. . . .For those who like to see nature at its deadliest and scariest, this is a fantastic book.” —SanFrancisco Book Review

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Attack and Defense is part of the "Weird & Wonderful" series. Titles from the series include Show-Offs, Super Senses, Thrive in the Wild, Up Close and Where I Live. This book features a selection of animals with unusual traits that affect their hunting and survival. The characteristics covered are weapons and tools, team spirit, tricks and traps and chemical warfare. Animals are dependent on their bodies and cunning to hunt and survive. Some animals have very unique body parts for these tasks. Komodo dragons, tigers and sharks have specialized teeth that facilitate killing their prey. Not all such "tools" are for killing; marine iguanas have curved claws for gripping rocks in heavy seas. Other animals are very good at hiding or have very potent poison like the funnel web spider, one of the most dangerous spiders in the world. Kinds of body armor help pangolins, armadillos, urchins and Puffer fish to protect themselves. The page design of this book is bright and colorful. The text is easily accessible with information arranged in varying font sizes to prioritize the content. Large informative photographs and a few illustrations provide graphic details about the animals mentioned.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753467237
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Series:
Animal Planet Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Professor Phil Whitfield is a lecturer in zoology, biology, and parasitology at King's College, University of London. He is also an author and consultant, producing books on science, technology, and especially the life sciences. His past works have been shortlisted for the Rhone-Poulence Prize for sceince writing. He lives in London, UK.

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