Deadly Factbook 6: Jaws and Claws by Steve Backshall Review


Reviewed by Dawn Watson

My two girls (age 7 and 11 years) were delighted and excited that we were chosen to review Steve Backshall’s 6th new title in his Deadly Factbook series. As big fans of both his books and TV series they couldn’t wait to get their hands on it.

And they were not disappointed. As soon as we opened the package the front cover draws you in, and both girls couldn’t wait to delve inside. This book is full of amazing, extraordinary pictures, facts and information about the jaws and claws of some known and unknown creatures.

The book is written with easily understood descriptions and facts that both excited and amazed them. They both were reading bits out to me and I too became engrossed in some of the extraordinary facts such as ‘Did you know that the teeth of a hippopotamus can sometimes measure as much as 40 or 50cms?’ I couldn’t help but smile at their wee faces of wonderment and constant ‘wow really?’ exclamations from them. It’s so good to see a book bring to life some of the animal worlds secrets and to see children enjoying these facts so much and retaining that information. This is all down to Steve Backshall and his sheer enthusiasm for the animal world which is clear in the way this book is written and illustrated. It is such good fun and informative the girl’s didn’t actually realise how much they were learning.

My eldest enjoyed it so much that she has taken it into school to be the subject of her class talk, something she is never keen to do. So thank you Steve Backshall for a fun, amazing, informative book that I am sure both of my girls will refer back to time and time again.

Nadia (11), Savanna (7) and myself would like to award this brilliant book 5 stars!

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £4.99 (paperback)

Available to buy from Amazon here.


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