- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: DK Children (Aug. 7 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781465458971
- ISBN-13: 978-1465458971
- ASIN: 1465458972
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 789 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nature's Deadliest Creatures Visual Encyclopedia Hardcover – Aug 7 2018
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In addition to the fabulous photography, each creature is provided with a "Data File" quick reference guide box. This includes rated danger factor, size, range and diet. It provides instant key factors at your fingertips and makes for easy, fun reading. There's also a short descriptive paragraph with key attributes and anecdotes pertaining to the creature. For example: "The Wolverine looks like a small bear but is really the biggest member of the weasel family".
The bold, clear graphics and type placement make this user friendly book a standout. The more you view and read, the more you'll want to delve further. It covers a wide range of animals, some well known, some less known and some bordering on downright mythical. Some descriptions are in defense of some of nature's finest creations, often victims of unfounded nasty reputations. Instead of being afraid, the book provides comprehensive reasons to appreciate some of nature's most mysterious creatures. Yes, they're predatory as part of a dynamic food chain, but they are important members of the eco-system and this book does a good job reminding us of that.
With that said, some are clearly scary regardless, as I certainly wouldn't want to run into a Fire Salamander that sprays an attacker with poison. As much as I love sharks, I won't go out of my way to encounter one in the wild. And ticks are just icky. But I do appreciate reading about the variety of resilient species that have adapted and found a way to survive on this wild planet.
As a designer, I think the layout and font choices are spot on. Everything is laid out clearly. It's clean design but does not completely avoid occasional busy clutter. Most creatures are showcased on one page, but the book is interspersed with occasional full page spreads that are dazzling. As a photographer myself, I can appreciate the macro viewpoints that are beautifully captured and printed.
The book is a strong hardcover that is pur/case bound. It should be able to stand up to a lot of use and hopefully will remain a fixture on the shelf for many years. The cover lettering has spot metallic ink that works great against the "danger" yellow and red inferences of the background that is meant to mimic caution tape. I find it cleverly designed. The paper stock is a decent thickness with a satin finish that helps bring out the rich hues of the images.
The DK standard issue book includes an organized at-a-glance table of contents that breaks the creatures down into four categories: Deadly Creatures, Venomous Bites, Stings And Poisons, and Trapped. The danger factor chart describes what the 1 to 5 exclamation points stand for, one being least deadly and 5 being most. The back of the book includes a straightforward table of contents/glossary with common names for easy page identification.
Overall, this is an excellent book for all ages. I'm a middle aged guy and I had a hard time putting it down. But I think it's appropriate for elementary school aged children and would keep them interested and perhaps distract them from their digital devices for a little while.
1. Muscle, Jaws and Claws (Hunting Animals)
2. Venomous Bites (Animals that have a venomous bite)
3. Stings and Poisons (Animals that sting/are poisonous)
4. Trapped! (Animals that set up traps of sorts)
5. Deceivers and Tricksters (Animals that use a form of camouflage)
6. Deadly Numbers (Animals that live in large communities/packs)
7. Skills, Tactics, and Cunning (Animals that have specific skills/tactics)
8. Disease and Destruction (Animals that carry disease or human introduced to nonnative areas)
The photos in the book are amazing, and while there’s not a lot of information about each animal, it’s enough information for kids to get a small bit of information about each one. Every entry includes a danger factor, size of animal, range of where animal is located, and diet. It was amusing seeing the alleged “danger factor” marked in exclamation points. I’m not sure how the danger is necessarily ranked – a Humboldt squid is as dangerous as a cheetah in number of exclamation points given – but I’m guessing it’s not in relation to how dangerous they are to humans.
At the end of the book there is reference guide included with more general information such as how stingers work, description of the Schmidt test (insect sting ranking), extinct predators, and even record breaking animals for each of the chapter categories. There is a short glossary for some commonly referenced words right before the index. Overall, this was an interesting book for young animal lovers, and gives a good intro to the many dangerous animals in the world.