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Describes how various animals, including an octopus, a bombadier beetle, a puff adder, and ...
Describes how various animals, including an octopus, a bombadier beetle, a puff adder, and a gliding frog, escape danger.
Predators are depicted in pursuit of prey on each right-hand side of the spread; a flip of the page uncovers the clever escape mechanism employed by the would-be victim, from the bombardier beetle that can spray hot chemicals up to 500 times a second, to the glass snake that conveniently segments its tail. Whether curling up into an armor-plated ball, squirting clouds of ink, or imitating a leaf, the tricksters are described in a couple of sentences that invite further investigation of these survival techniques. Layered cut-paper collage animals are positioned in dramatic stances against textured handmade-paper backgrounds. In a few instances, the black typeface is difficult to discern when it is superimposed on the dark green of leaf or grass. One final question, "What would you do if something wanted to eat you?" takes readers into their own cat-and-mouse scenarios. A dashing look at natural escape routes.
"Thrilling, beautiful . . . dramatic." Booklist, ALA
"The youngest animal enthusiasts will find this an intriguing introduction to adaptation." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Posted February 10, 2003