Thursday, June 22, 2017

APEX PREDATORS: The World's Deadliest Hunters, Past and Present by Steve Jenkins. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.  32p.  ISBN 978-054467160-7 hc. $17.99    Gr. 1-4    J591.5

What does it take to be the top (apex) predator?  What kind of body parts act as weapons to kill and eat other animals?  This book answers these and other questions about the food chain - past and present.  Jenkins dedicates a page each to information about  modern-day predators such as the shark, electric eel, and Siberian tiger, leaving plenty of extra pages for extinct predators, including dinosaurs and sea creatures that are larger than life.  Readers are treated to scale drawings of each animal in relation to a 6-foot man.  The comparison is awesome and a bit frightening.  Jenkins' characteristic  cut paper collage illustrations give readers a good idea of each animal's appearance.  This is non-fiction at it's best.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI  49855

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