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EXTREME ANIMALS: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Author: Nicola Davies

Illustrator: Neal Layton

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Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2009

Material: paperback

Summary: What do polar bears, emperor penguins, roadrunners, camels, bacteria known as thermophiles, and tripod fish have in common? Along with a number of other creatures discussed in this book, they can survive in some very harsh and unfriendly environments. From volcanoes to the bottom of the sea and from the South Pole to the Sahara Desert, the author takes you to a number of "extreme" places to meet some very remarkable critters. This is a nonfiction picture book that introduces kids to unusual habitats and animals.

Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up

Interest Level: 9 and up

Reading Level: 6.4

Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My friend's son looked at the book and found it very interesting.

Adult Reader Reaction: I thought the information the book contained was excellent but I was not impressed with the cartoon like illustrations!

Pros: Kids who like "extremes" will not be disappointed. There is lots of good material on how some animals are able to survive in very inhospitable environments.

Cons: None except for the sophomoric illustrations.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow first. If my child showed an interest in reading it more than once, I would buy this book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ALPHABET OF INSECTS   DINOMUMMY; The life, Death and Discovery of Dakota A Dinosaur from Hell Creek   YOUR SAFARI DRAGONS: In search of the Real Komodo Dragon (Your Safari series)

Educational Themes: There are themes of natural history, animal habitat, and animal species (which you can contrast and compare), as well as geography.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animals, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2009

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