What Makes a Monster?: Discovering the World's Scariest Creatures

illus. by David DeGrand. 40p. glossary. photos. Knopf. Aug. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553512304.
Gr 1–4—Keating and DeGrand (Pink Is for Blobfish) have teamed up again to deliver more wacky animal facts. This time around, Keating warns readers about 17 monsters with cautionary advice ranging from "don't dine with the vampire bat" to "look out for the Humboldt squid." The creatures include the death stalker scorpion, with its predatory pincers and stinging tail, and the Komodo dragon, with its toxic proteins. The final creature is man. Bright photos and bold cartoon illustrations make the scary beasts seem less intimidating. On each spread, two paragraphs explain why the animal is so threatening, and a sidebar highlights general information. Readers are invited to see how creatures from the book compare with famous monsters and to decide for themselves what qualifies as monstrous.
VERDICT A great addition for collections where horror and animal fans dominate.

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