World of Wonders: The Most Mesmerizing Natural Phenomena on Earth

Elisabeth Roman, trans. from the French by Amanda Katz, Abrams, $19.99 (192p) ISBN 978-0-8109-8963-4
This richly photographed q&a-style book, a French import, shines a light on dozens of superlative species, plants, and acts of nature. Each spread places a reader-directed question ("What is the most dangerous animal?" "What grows the fastest?" "What is the most isolated land on earth") opposite a crisp photograph of the flora, fauna, or phenomenon in question (in these cases, a mosquito, bamboo, and the Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha). The answer is listed upside down underneath each question, along with a detailed paragraph offering more information ("Every year, the mosquito... kills between one and two million people in Asia and Africa"). It's a wide-ranging and informative guide to some of the most unusual, deadly, and powerful things on the planet. Ages 8–12. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/22/2010
Release date: 12/01/2010
Genre: Children's
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