Scary Plants! – by Janet Lawler


  Scary Plants! (Penguin Young Readers, level 4) by Janet Lawler. Smithsonian/Penguin, 2017. 9780451533715

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

What did you like about the book? With an arresting close up cover photograph of a Venus flytrap and the Smithsonian brand on the cover, this non fiction reader promises fascinating reading on dangerous plants.  In seven short chapters, a glossary, and with color photographs, basic information is given on carnivorous plants, plants with spines, prickles and thorns, poisonous plants, inedible fruit, and smelly plants. Short declarative sentences with a bit of humor make this title appealing to fluent readers who may like the scary side of plants.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The quality of photographic reproduction is a big disappointment. The vivid color and clarity of the cover is not matched by the interior photographs, which are cloudy and flat.  Also, not many of the photographs are labelled, and there is no effort given to showing the plants’ size or natural setting.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Offer this to newly independent readers who like non fiction.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Easy readers, or non fiction 581

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: April 2, 2017

 

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