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Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator [Hardcover]

Sarah C. Campbell , Richard P. Campbell

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Book Description

May 1 2008
The wolfsnail hunts its prey: other snails. This true tale of horror begins in the leaf litter beside a quaint porch in Jackson, Mississippi. The wolfsnail is on the prowl. Big, strong, and fast (for a snail), the wolfsnail has a taste for meat. In some areas, it is called the cannibal snail. It has earned the name. Soon, the predator finds the slime trail of a smaller snail and follows the path toward its prey. When the chase ends and the dramatic feast is done, nothing remains of the smaller snail but an empty shell. This photographic story, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, of a day in the life of a wolfsnail offers a unique and dramatic introduction to the food chain. Young readers will be fascinated by this little-known predator and the impact it has had on habitats where it does not belong.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (May 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590785541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590785546
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 21.3 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,020,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sure to encourage early readers and listeners to explore their own backyards for similarly wondrous creatures." --Kirkus Reviews


"Even the glossary is fun, with words ranging from cannibal and mollusc to mucus and slug. . . . Will help youngsters discover exciting nature in their own backyards and help them understand the role of predators in the natural cycle." --Booklist


"lt is hard to imagine suspense and drama in a book about the lowly wolfsnail, but this book delivers just that. . . . A unique look at the miniature world of a small predator." --Library Media Connection

About the Author

Sarah Campbell is a writer and photographer with degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and years of journalism experience. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi, with her husband, Richard, and three sons.

Richard Campbell is an executive vice president of a financial institution in Jackson, Mississippi. In his spare time, he is a partner in creative pursuits with his wife, Sarah, specializing in photography, design, and technology.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Euglandia rosea is voracious, and a menace when relocated... May 14 2008
By R S Cobblestone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A "day in the life" of a cannibal snail or wolfsnail, Euglandia rosea, is the topic of this children's book. Authors and photographers Sarah and Richard Campbell bring this day to life with clear text and crisp photos.

What is this Euglandia searching for? "The wolfsnail eats meat" (p. 9), and by meat, the authors mean other snails and slugs, hence the "cannibal snail" moniker.

The search is on for prey, and "The wolfsnail leaves behind an empty shell" (p. 24). It's then off to a safe hiding place to rest until another day.

Pages 30 and 31 contain facts and factoids about Euglandia, and page 32 is a glossary of "snail words" (vocabulary used throughout the text and the descriptions of its natural history).

The text and story is written for both pre-readers (children being read to) and readers probably to the 2-4 grade level. The factoid pages are more sophisticated.

The Campbells write "State agricultural officials in Hawaii imported wolfsnails in 1955 to try to control another invader, the giant African snail [imported illegally for starting a food snail industry], which was eating farmers' crops. But the wolfsnails ate native Hawaiian snails instead. Wolfsnails have wiped out many of the native snail species" (p. 31).

The native snail species on Oahu (genus Achatinella) are all listed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as endangered. The FWS states "The most serious threats to the survival of O`ahu tree snails are predation by the introduced carnivorous snail (Euglandina rosea), predation by rats, and loss of habitat due to the spread of nonnative vegetation into higher elevation forests." Half the species are now extinct.

One of my relatives introduced Euglandia rosea to Oahu from Florida, and received accolades from all for combatting the giant African snail. Sadly, Achatinella snails were not on the radar screen as a concern at the time. We should be wary of all current relocations and introductions for all species, since what seems to make sense today may be a model of folly tomorrow.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slimy, Slithery, but Interesting May 11 2008
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I usually read mysteries and Garfield comics, so I wasn't sure if I would like this book. When I looked at the cover, I thought it was going to be just boring facts about snails. But it turned out it was an exciting story and I learned cool things about wolfsnails. The pictures show just what wolfsnails do, and they get right up in the wolfsnail's face. I think the photos were excellent. I recommend this book for anybody who wants to read a neat story about wolfsnails.
5.0 out of 5 stars So interesting! Sept. 24 2013
By Deborah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Found this snail in my yard, and since it is not native to this area, could not find one with research. Then, bam! See this book and immediately learn so much. So glad I purchased it because the pics are amazing!
3.0 out of 5 stars Munchables! April 8 2013
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Sarah C. Campbell, Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator (Boyds Mills Press, 2008)

A book that manages to be just-the-facts-ma'am in tone and yet still somewhat anthropomorphic, Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator proved to be a little too advanced for the bean (currently at seventeen months), but not too far out. The page-sized photographs are lovely, if nothing special, and the text should be perfect for kids who love watching nature docos on the National Geographic channel; this is the same, just on a mirco scale. ***
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! July 4 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The photos and text are amazing. A wonderful introduction to the delights of careful observation.
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