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Who Would Win?: Ultimate Showdown by [Jerry Pallotta, Rob Bolster]

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About the Author

Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's books, including What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge, Dinosaur Christmas, Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?, Apple Fractions, and The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Multiplication Book. His combination of interesting facts, detailed research, humor, and realistic illustrations has mesmerized countless children across the United States. You can visit him at jerrypallotta.com.

Rob Bolster is both a fine artist and a professional illustrator. His work has appeared in newspaper and magazine advertisements, and he has illustrated many books for young readers, including the bestselling Who Would Win? series. Rob lives and works near Boston, Massachusetts.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07NBXH9P9
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scholastic Inc.; Illustrated edition (October 15, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 15, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 114748 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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My full name is Gerard Larry Pallotta but my mom always called me "Jerry". I was born on March 26, 1953 in Boston, Massachusetts. My mom's name is Mary, and she came from a family of ten children. My dad's name is Joe, and he came from a family of five children. My grandparents were immigrants of Italian descent. I have the nicest parents in the world. They were always unselfish and ready to help me. I have four brothers and two sisters: Joey, David, Andrew, Danny, Cindy and Mickey. I have seventy-two first cousins. When I was growing up, there were...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

My family moved to Medford, Massachusetts when I was young. I went to elementary school at Mt. Trinity Academy, not far from where my publisher is located in Watertown, Massachusetts. I never wrote a book in elementary school, and we never kept journals. In the neighborhood where I grew up, almost every family had seven to nine children. I guess that you could say that there were...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

I went to high school at Boston College High School, a Jesuit all-boys school in downtown Boston. The priests and other teachers were really wonderful. I played football and ran track. I had a great high school experience and I think later it made my studies in college much easier. My sons Neil and Eric graduated from Boston College High School in 2001 and 2003. Neil was named after a teacher I had, Fr. Neil Callahan, S.J. I never wrote a book in high school, and I never wrote for the school newspaper. I was too shy and was afraid of what other kids would think.

After high school I went to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. I majored in business, a subject that would help me later in life when I decided to publish my first book. At Georgetown, I met my wife, Linda. In college I was an average student and was captain of the Georgetown University Rugby Team. I never wrote for the college newspaper, and I never imagined writing books. A couple of years later, Linda and I got married and I started to work at an insurance company in Boston. During the first six years of being married, we had four kids. It seemed like there were...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

Today, we sometimes spend time with my 31 nieces and nephews...again...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

I learned valuable skills while talking to people, selling insurance and collecting money. When I came home from work, Linda would ask me to "read to the kids!" I loved reading to my kids and I learned to appreciate children's books. The first few books that we bought were alphabet books and counting books. "A" was always for Apple and "Z" was always for Zebra. One day I decided, "Hey, I can do this!" I had an idea. I would write an alphabet book about the Atlantic Ocean. I spent every summer at Peggotty Beach in Scituate, Massachusetts. I have great memories of lobstering, fishing, mossing, clamming and rowing in my dory.

I wrote my first book in 1985 when I was 32 years old. I came up with the idea, wrote it, designed it, researched it, edited it and my cousin illustrated it. I published it myself under the name of Peggotty Beach Books. What fun! It was first printed on July 7, 1986. I'll never forget that day. The book eventually became the #1 best-selling book at the New England Aquarium. I was afraid that only my mother would like it. Teachers and kids told me they really liked my book.

While speaking in schools, teachers also told me they were looking for simple non-fiction nature books. It gave me the confidence to write more. My next book, "The Icky Bug Alphabet Book", has sold more than 1 million copies. My third book, "The Bird Alphabet Book" was voted one of the best books of the year by Birders World Magazine. I now have over twenty alphabet books, more than twenty math books, also the Icky Bug books, a holiday series, a U.S. Military series, Who Would Win? books, a biography and a few stories. My goal has always been to write interesting, fact-filled, fun to read, beautifully illustrated color children's books. Thank you to all my illustrators: Ralph Masiello, Frank Mazzola, Jr., Rob Bolster, Edgar Stewart, Leslie Evans, Mark Astrella, David Biedrzycki, Bonnie Gee, Shennen Bersani, Tom Leonard and Howard McWilliam. I now visit more than 150 schools per year. Guess what? There are still...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

I love writing books and I love visiting schools all over the United States. I think I have the best job in the world!

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4.0 out of 5 stars great deal if you enjoy the series
Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2020
This book is a compilation of five other books in the series. As such, the list price is a fantastic deal. If you already own many books in the series, you will want to see if this one has enough new stories to be worth purchasing. If you are new to the series, this is a great place to start since it incorporates five books into one. (The five books combined in this one, as listed in the description, are: Lion vs. Tiger, Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark, Polar Bear vs. Grizzly Bear, Hornet vs. Wasp, and Triceratops vs. Spinosaurus. If you search for the individual books on Amazon, you can get a preview of each one to have a better idea of what is included in this 5-in-1 book.)

I love the design of this series, with interesting facts peppering the pages and a mixture of pictures and drawings. The information mostly focuses on the two battling animals, but sometimes the authors wander to other topics (like describing honey bees for 4 pages of the Hornet vs. Wasp story). There are enough simple facts that some preschool children would probably find the stories interesting (especially if parents skip the more detailed information), but older children can also enjoy reading and learning.

The information covered varies depending on the animals. The Lion vs. Tiger story, for example, focuses on physical descriptions as well as information about habitat, diet, and daily life. The Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark story includes information about those sharks' anatomy, living habits, & daily life, but it also incorporates information about other varieties of sharks (ex. comparisons of teeth & fins) and shows how nature is copied in human inventions ("You could say that the space shuttle was designed by nature millions of years ago").

The Triceratops vs. Spinosaurus story finishes with a bit of a cliff-hanger: "It's one hundred million years later. We are on a dinosaur dig. The paleontologists have unearthed dinosaur fossils. Who won the fight? Turn the page for the answer." In this edition (the 5-in-1 book), the next page is a checklist to compare the lion and the tiger so the reader can decide which animal would have won. The four pages after that are checklists for the other stories. Once you get there, the checklist for the dinosaur story is actually the conclusion (with a picture that answers the cliff-hanger question). Because of the 5-in-1 book's layout, other reviewers seem to think a page is missing, but the answer is just a few pages later than it should be since the checklists at the end of all 5 stories were pushed to the end of this book.

*I have to be honest, I almost gave the book 3 stars just because it pointed out (as a "Cool Fact") that "Honey is bee throw-up." I really could have lived a better life without knowing that. Most of the other "Cool" or "Fun" facts really were truly interesting, though.
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