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What If You Could Sniff Like a Shark?: Explore the Superpowers of Ocean Animals

Scholastic. (What If You Had...?). Jun. 2020. 40p. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781338356076.
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PreS-Gr 3–Markle and McWilliam have produced some interesting “What If You Had…?” titles involving hair, teeth, feet, and noses. This next book in the series describes the “superpowers” of ocean animals. Nine animals and their unique adaptations are spotlighted. Scenarios depict the awesome abilities readers would have if an animal’s characteristics were adapted to a human body. A cartoon kid demonstrates each adaptation, such as a child using crab claws to snap through tin or a puffed-up child floating in a parade to illustrate how large a pufferfish can expand. A brief paragraph discusses the animal; a photograph is placed next to the cartoon drawing for comparison. A world map indicating where the creature lives is featured. There are also “What you should know” fact boxes and additional details about the animals. End pages provide information on the four ocean zones.
VERDICT Kids will get a kick out of this great mix of illustrations and animal facts. Libraries that have the previous titles in their collection should add this one to the set. Consider purchasing the entire series so readers can peruse all the “What If You Had...?” books.

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