Deadly! teaches us about all the interesting ways animals kill each other – mostly for dinner, sometimes for protection. Once again we have a loose drawing style with fantastic gesture and expression. Once again we have a lot of menacing going on, a theme I am fond of exploring in my own work.
This zebra spread that convinced me this book was a keeper. There is a lot of violent animal death, but all the other animals seem quite unmoved. They’re all, ‘whatevs, circle of life.’ I also noted this indifference in the other poultry when some friends slaughtered their heirloom turkeys for Thanksgiving. I like that these animals are anthropomorphized in this way to act even more like animals.
Everyone needs to learn about the evils of orcas. Even though they are called killer whales, everyone thought they were all cute and friendly until their recent bout of bad PR when they started killing their trainers.
This book is definitely only for a certain kind of kid, one who likes science and isn’t afraid of a little bit of grossness (even though the gross parts are adorable, it still may have the capacity to scar a sensitive kid for life). The author and illustrator seem to dabble in this genre. Now that you have been warned, you can get a copy here!