Reviewed for First Grade, 2009

Never Smile at a Monkey

A platypus may look harmless, but his hind spurs are full of venom. Cone shells can launch poisoned barbs like harpoons, and hippos kill more people in Africa than any other wild animal. From "Never step on a stingray" to "Never stare at a cobra", this book is packed with silly (but salient!) advice and fascinating facts about the world's lesser-known dangers. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.00)