Book Review: Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures

Don't Mess With Me by Paul Erickson
Don’t Mess With Me: The Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures 
by Paul EricksonAndrew Martinez (Photographs)

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

This book tells all about the venomous creatures of the sea, with beautiful photographs of each type of fish, coral, and worm. Each page has wonderful explanations of how the creatures feed on their prey, how they deliver their venom to their victims, and how they protect themselves from other predators.

The information is interesting and memorable, but uses many big words and technical terms that children might find too heavy for enjoyable reading.
I loved the colorful photographs, and curious facts about each animal, and I found it very informative and impressive. 
However, I was disappointed that the book often referred to the evolutionary process, citing “millions of years”, etc… as though it were empirical fact, instead of a theory. I found that to be a little dishonest, as if the authors were purposefully misleading the reader to think that a theory is actual verified fact. Other than that, the information seemed knowledgeable and reliable.

This cover is so ugly! Why couldn’t the publishers have put a beautiful-but-deadly picture of an anemone, or coral, clown fish, jellyfish, stingray, sea star, or any of the other gorgeous creatures featured in this book? Why choose the ugliest, nastiest-looking fish in the entire book, and put THAT one on the cover? Seriously. It’s so unappealing that I did not want to pick up this book after having seen the nasty fish on the front staring at me with bug eyes. Ugh. Although, maybe boys, who love nasty things, would find it attractive, and would enjoy looking at gross creatures with bug eyes. To each his own, I guess.

This would be a good book for children doing a book report or research project on venomous creatures, where they need some technical information, but also want to have fun reading about it!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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