Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Trap Door Spiders and other Amazing Predators by Rebecca Hirsch –OPTIONAL

Hirsch, Rebecca Trap Door Spiders and other Amazing Predators 40 pgs. Lerner, 2017.  $19.99.  Content: G.
This book features detailed information about five creatures that are predators; trap-door spiders, anglerfish, mantis shrimp, komodo dragons, and killer whales. It also contains smaller blurbs about many other animals to act as a comparison feature. There are many relevant and high quality photographs as well as interesting facts scattered throughout.
This is an interesting and well written book about creatures that aren’t commonly included in predator collections. However, the cover makes it appear, especially to students, but also to teachers doing a quick shelf search, that is it only about Trap-Door Spiders, which is very misleading. Just like the other book I reviewed for this series, why not simply title this book Unusual Animal Predators or something basic? I think many students will be less than thrilled to discover that there is only one chapter on the spider that they thought the whole book was about. While spiders are very popular and appealing, the spider pic on the cover is pretty dark and not as appealing as it could be. I have a ton of well written predator books in my collection already, with more cover appeal, creature appeal and easily identifiable titles, so I just think there are better options out there, even though this is actually a great book inside.  

EL (K-3) –OPTIONAL  Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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