Penelope Arlon

Book - 2013

"See hundreds of up-close photos of snakes, crocodiles, lizards, and turtles, and become an instant reptile expert with the most up-to-date facts."

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New York : Scholastic 2013.
Main Author
Penelope Arlon (author)
Other Authors
Tory Gordon-Harris (author)
First edition
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
80 pages: color illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Booklist Review

Each large-format book in the Discover More series offers hundreds of colorful illustrations and small parcels of information related to a range of broad topics. Drawn from a great many sources, the illustrations (mainly photos) are often quite good, though some are too small to be useful. The heavy, glossy pages allow for excellent clarity. Each double-page spread introduces a new topic, typically with a few sentences of text and 6 to 10 captioned pictures. The back matter, which includes a glossary but no sources, is disappointing in a book for this grade level. Bound using somewhat stiff but flexible covers with a shiny coating, the books' durability falls somewhere between paperbacks and hardbound volumes. Reptiles looks at the subject broadly before focusing more closely on snakes, lizards, crocodiles, and turtles. The photo of a snake skeleton and the cross-sectional illustration of a turtle's innards are very effective in showing what cannot normally be seen. Recommended as supplemental material for larger libraries.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

This addition to the Scholastic Discover More series, which includes access to a digital companion book, looks at the characteristics common to all reptiles before examining snakes, lizards, crocodilians, and turtles. Readers are greeted by a giant closeup photograph of a pink web-footed gecko, which "drinks dew from its eyeballs in the early morning"; later, a "hall of fame" features framed photos of the smallest and "weirdest looking" reptiles (the Jaragua sphaero and thorny devil), among others. The crisp color images, strange-but-true details, emphatic prose, and wide variety of creatures form a vibrant portrait of this class of animals. Simultaneously available: Weather. Ages 7-10. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Horn Book Review

Beginning with a clear definition of reptiles and their unique characteristics, subsequent chapters focus on three subgroups (tuataras excluded). Well-captioned bold photographs, insets, and diagrams combine with a sparse text, allowing each busy double-page spread to provide a detail-rich exploration. A concluding interview with a wildlife explorer enhances this inviting book. A free digital companion book provides additional enhancement. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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