Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth


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"Davies’s chatty, funny text and Layton’s colorful illustrations will pull kids into this fascinating book about survival. . . . Exciting biology for the classroom." — Booklist (starred review)

From the persevering emperor penguins of the South Pole to the brave bacteria inside bubbling volcanoes, from the hardy reptiles of the driest deserts to the squash-proof creatures of the deepest seabeds, animals have adapted to survive in conditions that would kill a human faster than you can say "coffin." Discover how they do it in this amazing natural history book from a celebrated team — and find out who wins the title of the toughest animal of them all.
Back matter includes an index and a glossary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763641276
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Series: Animal Science Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 147,346
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD1100L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nicola Davies graduated with a degree in zoology before becoming a writer, producer, and presenter of radio and television programs. She lives in Somerset, England.

Neal Layton received distinction for his M.A. in illustration from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, in London, and has been illustrating books for children ever since. He lives in Portsmouth, England.

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Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kclopez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about extreme and tough animals. Each chapter goes through why these animals are so tough. This would be a good book to read in a science class, maybe introducing the subject of biology.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Animals live all over the world from the coldest ice floes to the hottest deserts (and even in volcanoes!). Some animals can withstand enormous pressure under the ocean. Some animals can change their temperatures. Some animals can live over 100 years. Learn about all kinds of animals that live life to the extreme in this cartoon-illustrated book. This book provides a collection of facts, certainly interesting and appealing, but not going in depth on any one animal. The cartoon illustrations are amusing, but don't add a lot to the text. The diagrams and cartoon reenactments pretty much restate exactly what the text says. I think a more effective layout would have mixed the text and the cartoons (a la When Bugs Were Big... and others by Hannah Bonner). Still, it's an interesting and amusing book that combines animals with Guinness record-like facts... a combination sure to appeal to kids.