(Sterling, March 1, 2007)
Starting with the mega-hit Life-Size Dinosaurs (more than 300,000 copies sold), this awesomely illustrated and informative series has proven a consistent success. Kids can now embark on another fantastic visual exploration, this time to discover one of the most ancient of animal families on Earth: reptiles. This eye-catching volume answers all of a child’s questions: What is a reptile? How did these creatures evolve? Where are their habitats? What do they eat? How do they get their food? Amazing images of snakes and lizards, alligators and crocodiles, turtles and tortoises fill the pages, including the four 3-page gatefolds, three 4-page gatefolds, and a poster on the reverse of the jacket. A life-size stamp indicates which illustrations are actual sizeand many are. Emerging in full body plans and close-ups are snakes coiling themselves around prey, lime-green veiled chameleons, snapping alligators, plus thorny devils, frilled lizards, and komodo dragons. Of course, you’ll find dinosaurs here too, with an explanation of what characteristics these prehistoric beasts share with their present-day descendants.