A countdown of five of the most captivating giant beaver fossil discoveries and relatives provides thrills as readers discover more about the biological, social, and hunting characteristics of these Ice Age creatures.
Part of the X-Books: Ice Age Creatures series
X-Books are for kids who love facts—especially in bite-sized portions! Visual learners will enjoy the graphical design as they read about large Ice Age animals that used to roam the Earth. A Top 5 countdown captures the most fascinating fossil finds as readers discover the biological and social features of each glacier creatures as well as how they went extinct. Plentiful images and sidebars are sure to launch a lifetime of xciting reading without limits!
The Ice Age conjures up images of woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats, but this entry in the X-Books: Ice Age Creatures series (6 titles) introduces another unusual ancient animal: the giant beaver. Short passages of straightforward text reveal that this rodent was as long as an alligator, weighed as much as a black bear, and had long, fearsome teeth—but only ate plants. Illustrated scenes with giant beavers, photographs of modern beavers, and quick facts complement more passages about the giant beaver’s adaptations, where it lived in North America, how it compared to modern beavers, and its eventual extinction. In between each section is a countdown of “Top Five Xtreme Giant Beavers,” which is actually quirky beaver-related information, such as the discovery of strange corkscrew fossils made by ancient beavers.
–Angela Leeper, Booklist, 10/01/2022
X-Books are designed to present information in small chunks with numerous images; sidebars, labels and captions provide extra details. Ancient creatures such as mammoths and saber-toothed cats are ranked in a top five countdown of the best fossil finds. The physical features and social organization of each type of animal is explained, as well as the reasons for their extinction. Maps show the range covered by the animals during their time. Most books include a timeline of fossil finds, although there is a timeline of physical development for dire wolves. Each book has a page of “Xciting Facts” with tidbits comparing modern animals to their extinct ancestors, offering theories from researchers, and even making connections to popular culture. VERDICT A good choice for readers who prefer a more graphic presentation. Sure to circulate often.
–School Library Journal, 11/01/2022