From a celebrated team comes a fascinating look at why we don't have super powers (alas) — and why size matters, for creatures big and small.
Did you ever wonder why there are no high-flying, wall-climbing, tall-building-leaping superheroes in real life? Find out what keeps big animals (like us) from engaging in astonishing feats of strength and agility, and yet why being tiny and all-powerful might have a downside. What if you could lift fifty times your weight (hello, ant), but getting wet could kill you? Or you could soar like a bird, but a cold breeze would do you in? Whether big or small, our size defines more about us than we could ever imagine. Join the duo that brought us POOP, EXTREME ANIMALS, and WHAT’S EATING YOU? for a fun and intriguing exploration of what it means to be just the right size. Back matter includes an index and a glossary.
Layton'sï¿½crystal-clear diagrams, diverting strip panels, and spirited spot art all interpret biology in their own deliciously weird way. Davies is the best thing to happen to biology since the invention of the filmstrip, and kids who thought they'd never care about a science precept will be delighted to acquire killjoy information to spout during sci-fi horror movies. —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)