World’s Strangest Predators

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What is it?

Informational book.

Who is it by?

By Stuart Derrick and Charlotte Goddard, and published by Lonely Planet Kids.

What is it about?

This book features 40 of the world’s strangest predators including the Venus flytrap, piranha, barracuda and the komodo dragon. Many of them blend in with their surroundings because of their camouflage.

Included is how they catch their prey, ferocity, beastly behaviour, cunning and strangeness. All of this is put into a Strangeometer chart.

Other books in the World’s Strangest series are Ocean Beasts, Places, and Creepy-Crawlies.

What can children learn from it?

The box jellyfish attacks the skin, heart and nervous system of its prey. More people have died from its sting than from shark bites apparently.

The stonefish lies buried in the sand and shoots poison through 13 spines on its back. It can also survive out of water for more than 24 hours.

Alligator snapping turtles can grow up to more than 100kg. They eat frogs, snakes, snails, crayfish and other turtles!

If you’ve only seen chimpanzees as harmless cute mammals in movies, you’ll be amazed to see them listed here. They are clever at making tools to pick up insects. They also hunt other monkeys. They are also 1.5 times stronger than a human.

Awesome fact: Honey badgers are brave and have been known to attack snakes and chase lions away from their food. The honey badgers can crunch bones and tortoise shells.

What did I like about it?

I like the format of this book and the strangeometer. I also liked that the authors also included plants like the cobra lily. Instead of just the regular predators like sharks and snakes, there were also the lesser known predators like the great grey shrike, a small bird that impales its prey.

Where to get it?

Major bookstores including MPH online. The price is RM49.90.

Should you get it?

Yes.