Top positive review
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.