Deadly Peril: And How to Avoid it Paperback – 5 Oct 2009
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`Once the covers have been opened (and which youngster would not open a red chest with a black skull and crossbones on it?) one cannot help dipping in and out of the treasure compulsively'
`Chock-a-block full of interesting facts'
--Teen Titles Magazine
About the Author
Tracey Turner is a former editor and author of many non-fiction books for children, including Hodder's Disgusting Dictionary and titles for the Dead Famous series, 101 Things You Need To Know and The Comic Strip History of the World. Tracey lives in Bath.
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Top Customer Reviews
This blackly humourous book contains such diverse topics as Earthquakes, Black Widow spiders, Great White Sharks, Falling Coconuts and the seemly innocous but deadly peril of Getting Dressed. Detailing each peril across 2 pages, covering what can happen and usefully how to avoid it. Almost all perils are extremely rare eg. being struck by Lightning, but every topic is dealt in an entertaining way.
As you will discover when reading Deadly Peril, there are many exotic ways to die and if they involve animals almost all of them can run faster than humans. And even if you can run fast, there is no guarantee you will not get struck on the head by a falling coconut or spontaneously combust.
To Sum Up: An excellent little gift book for all ages that you will probably end up reading yourself.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
With a few perils they haven't fully researched where you'll find the peril and don't give all locations such as Black Widow Spider no mention of Australia where it's known as the Redback spider. In other listings such as Death Stalker Scorpion maybe it would have been better to just broadly use poisonous scorpion rather than a specific one but these are only minor faults.
Inside this book you'll learn how to deal with or avoid the following perils.
Menace from the Deep
- Box Jellyfish
- Great White Shark
- Blue-ringed Octopus
- Cone Snail
- Electric Eel
- Sea Snake
- Giant Squid
- Forest Fire
- Rip Current
- Frozen Toilet Waste
- Bermuda Triangle
- Eagle Dropping Tortoise
- Spontaneous Human Combustion
- Solar Fare
- Fierce Snake
- Golden Poison Frog
- Cape Buffalo
- Vampire Bat
- Komodo Dragon
Small But Lethal
- Black Widow Spider
- Killer Bees
- Death Stalker Scorpion
- Giant Centipede
- Tsetse Fly
- Army Ants
- Lightning Strike
- Flash Flood
- Freak Wave
- Giant Hail
- Getting Dressed
- Poisonous Garden Plant
- The Bends
- Attitude Sickness
Another good survival guide/skill learning read done in a humorous way is The Superman Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Saving the Day.