Little Killers: The Ferocious Lives of Puny Predators


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Millbrook Press (Tm)
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8.2 X 10.0 X 0.3 inches | 0.9 pounds
Library Binding

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About the Author

Sneed B. Collard III has written more than fifty highly acclaimed books for young people including The Prairie Builders, One Night in the Coral Sea, Leaving Home, and the novels, Dog Sense and Flash Point. He lives in Missoula, Montana with his family.


"Lions and sharks may get all the notice, Collard writes, but some of the most fearsome and successful predators on the planet are barely visible: there's a protozoan Trachelius 'slurping up' its tiny prey 'like an algae-filled ice-cream cone' while ladybird beetles enjoy an 'aphid smoothie.' Meanwhile, army ants rip any creature in their path to shreds, and, in the sea, arrow worms 'shorter than a pencil eraser' fall upon unwary copepods 'faster than you can shout 'free food!'' The author also makes space at the table for chapters on voracious sea combs and turbellarian flatworms, and a closing reminder that all these little monsters help preserve a balance in nature--when that balance isn't disturbed by habitat loss or climate change. Being mostly close-up portraits of isolated specimens of prey and predator, the small color photos actually help to tone down the feeding frenzy. Young browsers will still devour this, and budding zoologists will relish the heaping helpings of specific species names and natural detail."--Booklist

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