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Editorial Review

A noteworthy review of New Naturebooks from Booklist on October 1, 2007

Combining an easy text with big, bright color photos, this systematic primer waddles into the front ranks of books inspired by The March of the Penguins, the popular 2005 documentary. Addressing questions posed in headers (‘Do Penguins Have Enemies?’), Markert’s text, expanded with colorful margin notes, varies in length from brief, paragraph-long remarks to several pages of text and photos-as with the section on penguin eggs and chicks. The eye-filling pictures range from fetching portraits of several kinds of penguins to close-ups of krill, a king penguin’s wing, and, for dramatic highlight, the gaping jaws of a leopard seal. Closing with notes on human threats to penguins and supplemented by a multimedia resource list, this entry in the New Naturebooks series, a thorough relaunch of the earlier Naturebooks series, won’t get lost in the flock of recent penguin-themed arrivals.

— John Peters

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