Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? It is difficult to believe that the animals presented in this book do indeed exist today. Ten animals are examined, one (the Tardigrade or Zombie Bear) is so small – the size of a period at the end of a sentence – that a scanning electronic micrograph must be used to see what it looks like. The other animals are the Goblin Shark, Tuatara, Tadpole Shrimp, the Lungfish, Horseshoe Crab, Velvet Worm, Chambered Nautilus, Comb Jelly and the Sponge. A short history of each animal is presented with amazing close-up photographs and a section entitled: Extreme Survival Secrets.. The book explains just who the extreme survivors are, their evolution and natural selection along with a timeline of the earth. Even more information is included about each animal at the end and an appendix for further exploration online and in books along with a bibliography. Each animal is so interesting that this book should rivet anyone
Anything you did not like about this book? Not a thing.
To whom would you recommend this book? People who like animals that are very different and unique will enjoy this book.
Who should buy this book? All public and elementary and middle school libraries
Where would you shelve it? 591.3
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, it is totally fascinating!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 12/24/2017