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Children's Nonfiction Environmental Science & Ecosystems

Beware the Burmese Pythons

And Other Invasive Animal Species

by (author) Etta Kaner

illustrated by Phil Nicholls

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Environmental Science & Ecosystems, General, Environmental Conservation & Protection
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
Recommended Reading age
8 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price

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A kid-friendly introduction to invasive animal species that explores how they got into new ecosystems and the damage they've caused.

It might not seem like a big deal when a non-native animal species finds its way to another environment. But it can be! Invasive species reproduce quickly and often have no natural predators, allowing them to overtake native species, and even destroy the ecosystem of their new home. Here's an intriguing look at 10 of these species from around the world --- from tiny cactus moths to mighty Burmese pythons --- and the problems they're causing. As each section explains, humans were responsible for bringing all these animals to their new locations. And now it's up to humans to do something about it!

In this unique, highly visual book, Etta Kaner's accessible text and Phil Nicholls's vibrant art reveal a fascinating world of “aliens” that invade new habitats. With two spreads for each animal, the book is chock-full of information, including the animal's features, habitat and invasion route; a narrative describing how it became invasive and why it's become a problem; and a list of ideas for what can be done, ending with the question, “If you were a scientist or conservation officer, what would you do?” The text is presented in fun, eye-catching formats, ranging from comic strips to posters to newspaper articles, keeping the engagement level high and highlighting what scientists are currently doing to solve the problems. There are strong life-science connections here on characteristics of living things, ecosystems and habitats. Contains a glossary, sources, further reading and how to help.

About the authors


ETTA KANER est une ex-enseignante. De nos jours, elle écrit principalement des documentaires pour les enfants et les éducateurs. Plusieurs de ses livres ont été primés; elle a notamment remporté le Silver Birch Award, le Animal Behavior Society Award et le Science in Society Book Award. Etta vit à Toronto, en Ontario.


ETTA KANER writes for both children and educators. A number of her books have won awards, namely, the Silver Birch award, the Animal Behaviour Society award, and the Science in Society book award. Etta lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Etta Kaner's profile page

Phil Nicholls is an illustrator from Lindsay, Ontario. He studied illustration at Sheridan College. Phil loves animals, especially his favorite invasive animal: his dog, Rupert. He lives in Toronto.

Phil Nicholls' profile page

Editorial Reviews

Beware the Burmese Pythons provides a good look at why invasive animals are a problem, including how the problem was created and what can be done about it.

CM Magazine

Whereas most animal books for this age group focus on one particular animal or habitat, this is a good introduction to a broader range and the unusual strengths and abilities that come with it.—Booklist (Praise for And the Winner Is ...)

For many, [this book] will be a real eye opener, introducing discussion about what can happen when animals are taken out of their natural environment and released, either deliberately or accidentally.

Children's Literature

Beware the Burmese Pythons provides a good look at why invasive animals are a problem, including how the problem was created and what can be done about it.—CM Magazine

Playful comics panels ... keep the tone light but emphasize the real damage these animals can do in their non-native habitats ... A strong pick for fans of the popular Science Comics series.


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