Nature Shockers: Planet Earth News Presents
Keltie Thomas & Greg Hall
Maple Tree, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
eltie Thomas begins
by telling us '
There's no place in the universe that has such strange goings-on as Earth
' and proceeds to make her point via all kinds of
Amazing True Stories
. Her book is in colorful magazine format (amusingly illustrated by Greg Hall), its exclusives interspersed with
activities, intended to be used to develop the reader's sense of '
e learn about the strange denizens of the ocean deeps, like the hagfish that
its prey. Did you know jellyfish have been lurking for over 650 million years? Here's a weird one - methane gas bubbles sinking Bermuda Triangle boats! I liked the gallery of lake monsters, but am glad I didn't know about the Lake Van one when I was in Turkey. Some of the plants described here are super strange - like an exploding cucumber (the sandbox tree also fires off its fruit) and an orchid that pretends to be a bee. There are weird critters, like the teeny strawberry poison dart frogs that
over territory. Ever heard of raining cats and dogs? How about frogs, jellyfish, and maggots? Yecch!
xplore all the weird and wonderful contents of
and surprise your friends with the '
inside scoop on how life on Earth is stranger than fiction.
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