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World's Biggest Reptiles

. 9781541500914. Jackson, Tom. World's Weirdest Reptiles. illus. by Paul Collicutt. ISBN 9781541500891.ea vol: 32p. (Extreme Reptiles). diag. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Hungry Tomato. Oct. 2018. lib. ed. $27.99.
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Gr 4–6—Intriguing facts about a variety of reptiles are supported by a useful combination of photographs and sequential illustrated panels. On one page, an introductory paragraph, two inset fact circles, and an image for scale provide an overview of the featured animal, set against a single large photo. Four to six cartoon-style panels on the opposite page show the creature in action; dialogue in word balloons adds lighthearted humor. Most spreads are devoted to one animal. The python photo page, for example, features the snake's mouth, while the panels show the steps of sensing, capturing, and eating prey. In some cases related animals are mentioned: the panels featuring the five-lined skink's detachable tail include one that shows how the glass snake's is similar. Closing pages provide brief looks at several other animals that fit the theme.
VERDICT Photos, illustrations, and facts combine nicely in this appealing package. A good choice for most collections.

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