Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Review of "100 Deadliest Things on the Planet," by Anna Claybourne

Review of

100 Deadliest Things on the Planet, by Anna Claybourne ISBN 9780545434379

Five out of five stars

 While events such as earthquakes and tornadoes are included in this list, the most interesting items are those involving deadly animals and plants. Specifically, those that pack poison. Phrases such as, “A single golden dart frog has enough paralyzing poison in it to kill up to 20 adults,” really discourage you from walking out in the wild or swimming in unknown waters.

 One of the most interesting aspects of these descriptions is that many of the plant and animal poisons are used for medicinal purposes. For example, the poison in nightshade is used to dilate the pupils of eyes. The modern heart medication known as foxglove is from the plant of the same name.

 This collection of short visual and textual descriptions of deadly things is very interesting. It provides quality entertainment for readers of all ages.

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