May 21, 2018

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Sharks by Joe Flood | SLJ Review

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redstarFLOOD, Joe. Sharks: Nature’s Perfect Hunter. illus. by Joe Flood. 128p. (Science Comics). chart. diag. glossary. First Second. Apr. 2018. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781626727878; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781626727885.

Gr 3-7 –Fascinating, detailed facts about a remarkable variety of sharks, coupled with fun, colorful artwork, make this latest entry in the series a winner. Shark enthusiasts will appreciate the specifics about adaptations and hunting techniques, while beginners will find the solid introductory material engaging. The book is cohesively organized by characteristics and species subdivisions. Browsers will easily locate information on a particular topic, but students will gain the most insight by reading the volume cover to cover. Woven throughout is a simple story of a fishing boat captain on the hunt for sharks while a scientist dispels many misconceptions about the animals. Flood addresses the lore and fear that surrounds these predators, most of it coming from literature and the media. Detailed illustrations complement the text beautifully, with close-ups of the various features of different sharks as well as useful diagrams and charts. VERDICT An accessible and inviting work, recommended for most libraries. Offer this one to fans of Lauren Tarshis’s I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 for a more complete picture of these complex and intriguing creatures.–Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

This review was published in the School Library Journal April 2018 issue.

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