In this squat volume, the sixth nature-themed collaboration from this duo, Davies strikes a light tongue-in-cheek tone to explore hostile animal behavior. Layton’s characteristically deadpan cartoons show animals using an arsenal of defense mechanisms and demonstrating predatory prowess…While educating readers about the fascinating ways animals kill one another, Davies also speaks to the importance of nature conservation and the human impact on wildlife.
This humorous and fact-filled book is chock-full of fun. From ants to grizzly bears, from beetles to falcons, these poisonous and armed-and-dangerous creatures will delight young readers…Teachers and librarians looking to teach the Common Core Standards and expository writing will delight in this book and the dynamic way it will engage children.
—School Library Journal
Reluctant readers in particular will have a field day with this, and you can easily bring a booktalk crowd to rapt silence by sharing a juicy snippet.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Readers with a taste for the grisly realism of nature will revel in the latest Davies and Layton collaboration…Davies commendably balances spectacle and science, providing accounts that are rich with factual detail and admiration for the diversity and realities of life. …Layton’s cartoon illustrations skillfully lighten the tone, as animals in the throes of death or dismemberment often provide humorous asides and jokes
—The Horn Book
Layton’s wacky cartoon illustrations are … a major high point that elevates the text to a high-interest timbre, offering an irreverent wink that kids will find irresistible. While on the surface it is a book of animal facts and trivia, a coherent message is implied throughout—that although some animals may be scary or ferocious, ecosystems are built on interdependence, and conservation efforts must include all creatures in any given environment.
[F]illed with fun and informative facts about animals from various habitats, well-known and lesser-known. The cartoon drawings and dialogue provide a comical way of showing the animals which enhances the information being presented. … Boys will eat this book up.
—Library Media Connection
This deceptively small picture book is jam-packed with fascinating information with plenty of the ick factor to keeps kids (and adults) turning the pages. The fun illustrations are a real bonus and suit the writing to a T.
—San Francisco Book Review