64 pages, colour illustrations
Meet the animal kingdom's most competent killers! Stabbing and strangling, poisoning and drowning, electrocuting, exploding, dive-bombing and even death by glueing! Throughout the animal kingdom, creatures great and small have evolved to become masters of murder: from dive-bombing peregrine falcons to exploding carpenter ants, electric eels to spitting cobras.
The ingenious and often hilarious means of survival that both predators and prey employ are entertainingly explored in this celebration of all things deadly. With fantastically funny illustrations by Neal Layton and clear, informative explanations and advice on how we can all peaceably share our world, this book cannot fail to enlighten and engross.
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Nicola Davies is a zoologist and writer. She graduated from Cambridge in zoology before going on to work in television and is now the author of numerous non-fiction books including Poo; Big Blue Whale; Gaia Warriors; Surprising Sharks and Ice Bear, as well as the Silver Street Farm series. Nicola lives in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales.
Neal Layton has illustrated over forty books for children, including the other books in this series – Poo, Extreme Animals, What's Eating You? and Just the Right Size. Neal uses all sorts of different media to make his illustrations: pencils, paint, pens, ink, pieces of collage, biros, photocopiers, cameras, a computer, bits of stick, old toothbrushes, dough, hair, leaves, anything that comes to hand... His books have won the Smarties Prize and been shortlisted for the Red House Book Awards, the Blue Peter Book Awards and the Booktrust Early Years Award. Neal lives in Portsmouth, Hampshire.