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Cover of Extreme Animals by Nicola Davies
Grade Level
Picture Story Book
Animal Stories
Life Science

24 May 2007

Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Written by Nicola Davies; Illustrated by Neal Layton

In a style much like their other book Poop: A Natural History of the Unmentionable, author and illustrator team Nicola Davies and Neal Layton returns with a new book on necessities of life. This is a fascinating book about how different animals have the same basic needs in life: finding food and water, staying warm or cool, living in the right atmospheric pressure, and breathing air. For any living creature, plant, insect or mammalian, not having enough food, or being too cold is a tremendous stress on their body. Though pencil-drawn illustrations are not sophisticated or technical, they will however certainly appeal to kids. Students who may have studied polar bears and penguins before may enjoy reading about these animals in this approach. These new facts may also stay with the students longer, as these animals are presented as a comparison to the human body. For examples, human beings do not have feathers or 8 legs, but they do share the need to stay warm and find food and water.