Apex Predators: The World’s Deadliest Hunters, Past and Present — 17 Comments

  1. Am I the only one who doesn’t use the word APEX? Now as an educator I fell that I can keep up with the kids/the researchers. Each page is jam-packed with the information-the title itself is a surprise for all readers. The COVER! Watch out! Joy-excitement and….4 stars!

  2. I was excited to see the predators that I were going to be on the pages to come. The writing is a little violent but is accurate to the animals it is describing. The giant freshwater ray is terrifying to me and I am glad that the giant Teratorn and the terror bird are extinct. I like the added illustrated dimensions of each of the animals and that they include extinct and modern day animals in this book. The scary and shocking information in this book will appeal to a lot of kids and it makes learning about these animals fun.

  3. This would be a book that I would put out for kids to read on their own. I think it would be overwhelming in info and time needed to read and discuss, but some readers would enjoy it. The boxes where they show size vs humans and info on the animas was interesting but again, a bit overwhelming. I don’t know that I’d purchase it for my room, but I learned something too, didn’t know what an Apex Predator was before this. ***

  4. While this was not one of my favorite books on this year’s list, I do think it would be a good book to have in a collection. I thought the “past and present” angle was a good one and I liked seeing how each predator compared in size to a human. Lots and lots of good information here and I know a few boys in our library who would love to read it.

  5. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book and doubt I’d use it in my classroom. I do, however, think there are a lot of students that would really enjoy reading this independently and learning about the different predators past and present.
    3 stars

  6. I wasn’t too impressed with this book. The illustrations were great and the size diagrams were very interesting. I think I’ve seen similar books that give as good if not better information.

  7. Apex is a new word, and what a great word to add to anyone’s vocabulary. Steve Jenkins, as usual, does a fabulous job of grabbing the reader’s interest with provocative comparisons. Kids love the big, deadly, and dangerous. While I DO appreciate REAL photographs in nonfiction, I must say the the torn/cut paper illustrations caught my attention.
    3 stars

  8. I liked this book. I liked how it compared the predators of past and present. I liked the illustrations in this book. I would use it for teaching about predators and their prey. I also liked the various geographical places of where these predators can be found. I rate it a 4.

  9. I liked this book, because I enjoy non fiction. My children also enjoyed looking through this. I think this would be an excellent book to use while talking about non fiction text features. There are great examples of headings, bold words, captions, pictures…. I think it could be used in non fiction curriculum use, as a research resource, or while learning about text features. I would recommend this for kids to read, I think it is one they would read in pieces, coming back to it multiple times.

  10. Steve Jenkins is a non-fiction master and I know kids will love this book so for those two reasons I love it. It’s not my personal cup of tea (reading about predators) but I know many kids that live for all the unique animal information they can get their hands on and this book certainly delivers in that regard. My biggest complaint is a non-fiction book that uses only illustrations and not real pictures. And these are excellent illustrations, but still, I think real pictures or both real and illustrations would be much better. This is a great book for curriculum use (science) and for pleasure reading as well. 4/5 stars

  11. This book was okay However, the diagrams showing the height of the animal to the size of a human were very interesting. Arranging the animals according to when they became extinct was a nice touch. The story perhaps needed a better transition from modern day predators to predators of the past. This was not a favorite, but perhaps a book to have in the classroom or library for those that have an interest in this area.

  12. Each page could be a poster. I would like to see a timeline of these animals in the book. I liked the comparisons with man and the illustrations. There was so much information, it would be best to only read a few pages at a time. I was surprised there were so many extinct animals described. I think this concept is very good, but the subject matter might be better followed if grouped by when it lived and where it lived. A map would be a welcome addition to each page. Steve Jenkins should have one or more books for past apex predators and the same for present ones. 3 stars

  13. Steve Jenkins authored a few of my favorite informational books: Actual Size, and What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? They are fascinating and readable, and students enjoy knowing the unique facts he shares. I think that Apex Predators is a fantastic addition to my Steve Jenkins collection, and I think it would be fantastic to first define the word apex, and have students brainstorm animals they think might be included in the book (this could tie into what they learn about food chains). Before I got to the end of the book where he modeled two Face-Offs, I was thinking I would love to give students the chance to create their own “Who Would Win?” sort of competition between the apex predators. I also LOVE the size scale included with each animal, and would want to make a copy of all of those and have students use some numeracy skills to put them in size order.
    5 stars

  14. I really like how the author gave a short enough description of the animals that a few can be read to students without loosing their interest. The pictures are big enough to see, and the comparison to a human is wonderful. This would be a great introduction book to a lesson on timelines, food chain, or vocabulary. I would put this book in my free read bucket after read a short section to the class. I give this book 4 stars.

  15. This book would be great for an animal study or talking about what is a prediator and what is a prey. I like the inserted boxes that compared these predators to humans, body parts, or other familiar animals. It could also be fun to measure off the size of the animal. Showing that some fierce predators aren’t always large would interest readers. I also liked that the author noted how humans are the deadliest predators! This is not a read aloud book. When the book is introduced, the meaning of the word “apex” should be understood by the students. ***

  16. This was an interesting book. I liked that it has both past and present preditors represented in the book. It was very helpful to have the comparison drawing of the preditors size against an average human male. The two predators I was most struck by was the spider and humans. I liked that the book showed something that was very powerful but not large. I also agree that humans have become the most feared predator. I think that many students would enjoy this book, especially a boy who loves dinosaurs. This is not a book you’d read aloud, but it would be a great book to read a page or two and hook the readers, especially reluctant readers.

  17. I enjoyed this book. I think many students would enjoy reading a book like this. It is intested all the different kinds of predators there are and ones that there used to be. I would have it out for free reading. If I read it as a class, I would only read a few pages at a time. Possibly telling the students the name of the animal seeing what they know about it before reading. I also enjoyed that there is showed what size each animal was and compared it to a human.
    I rate this book 4 stars

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