Reviews

Natural History Magazine

“Told in larger-than-life photographs, the story has a nice narrative arc and more drama than you might expect. Young children will warm to the snail, which has comical handlebar mustaches (mouthpiece extensions that help it track prey), and shares their predicament of being very small in a big world.”

Science News

“A snail may seem an unlikely candidate for most ferocious predator, but the wolfsnail certainly deserves consideration. … A few lines of text per page accompany bright, close-up color photographs that not only detail the snail’s search for its prey (leaf-eating snails and slugs leave detectable trails of slime), but also the prey’s demise.”

School Library Journal

“Campbell’s terse, conversational text follows one such hunt on a damp spring day as a wolfsnail detects, tracks, and engulfs its prey, using its mustachio-style lip extensions as ultrasensory devices. Large, crisp photos record the activity, from the wolfsnail’s morning awakening to start the hunt to the denouement of a return to rest.”

Chicago Tribune

“There is indeed such an animal, which eats other snails, and Sarah and Richard Campbell have made its doings quite visible.”