Books by John Seidensticker

PREDATORS by John Seidensticker
Released: March 4, 2008

One of a new nonfiction series that really goes for the visual gusto, this sports a shiny, embossed close-up cover image of a tiger leaping to the attack, a spider and a python chowing down on the first two page turns, and then an extensive gallery of like creatures on the hunt. All are rendered with digitally generated photo-realism in simplified action settings. The succession of single-topic spreads first takes readers through food chains and the tools and techniques of animal and plant predators. A second section, dubbed "In Focus," offers closer looks at types of predators, from cats to birds of prey, and then peers into rain forests ("River of No Return"), deserts (meet the sidewinder: "Heat Seeking Missile") and other habitats. The information, presented on each spread in a block of narrative and a flurry of captions, takes a small step above Eyewitness Book level, and for all the pouncing and crunching in the art there are but a few flecks of gore to be seen. The wonderfully lurid graphics guarantee crowds of browsers for this and other volumes in the series, such as Linda Calabresi's Human Body ($16.99, 978-1-4169-3861-3)—but there's enough fact to nourish young scientists too. (summary chart, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)Read full book review >