The Book of Deadly Animals Author:Gordon Grice "A must for everyone even remotely thinking of getting a monkey, a sea lion, or, heaven forbid, a dog." — -David Sedaris Whether at a zoo, on a camping trip, or under our bedsheets, we are surrounded by animals. While most are perfectly harmless, it's the magnificent exceptions that populate The Book of Deadly Animals. Award-winning writer Gord... more »on Grice takes readers on a tour of the animal kingdom-from grizzly bears to great white sharks, tarantulas to tapeworms-that will delight, amaze, and horrify. Every page overflows with astonishing facts about Earth's great predators and unforgettable stories of their encounters with humans, all delivered in Grice's signature dark comic style. Illustrated with awe-inspiring photographs, this wondrous and sobering work is nature writing at its finest.« less
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Entertaining, informative and frightening. I bought this book with some Christmas money because it looked interesting and I love animals. I thought it might even interest my 9 year old who loves anything scary or poisonous or that can eat you. I've decided that he is a little too young for some of the grim, though well-written, accounts of the injuries and deaths caused by all manner of creatures contained in this book.
That said; this is a very good read even if chapter 15 (Insects) made me change my sheets at 11:30pm and start bright and early the next day cleaning everything and getting rid of anything resembling clutter. (I need to do all that again now...) This book may make you nervous for a bit. It might make you think twice before you interact with wild creatures or let your child ride an elephant or sit next to a young tiger for a photo and that is a very good thing.