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Scary Sharks

Scary Sharks

by Camilla de la Bedoyere

Discover a dangerous world and come face to face with the world's most terrifying animals, from deadly sharks and predators to monster reptiles and creepy crawlies.


Discover a dangerous world and come face to face with the world's most terrifying animals, from deadly sharks and predators to monster reptiles and creepy crawlies.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Just once, I would like to see the word, shark, not accompanied by the words, scary, dangerous, fear, fierce, gruesome and so on. This book, part of the "Animal Attack" series (other books in the series include Deadly Predators, Fearsome Reptiles and Mini Monsters) is all about scary, inviting the young reader to "enter shark-infested waters to meet the world's most feared fish," "come face-to-face with some of the world's fiercest predators," "discover shark's ferocious eating habits," "peer into the jaws of a great white" and so on. Shark facts that readers are encouraged to "sink their teeth into" include several types of sharks, how they move/swim efficiently through the water, predator-prey interaction, physiology and reproduction plus humankind's effects on sharks. Each two-page spread includes color photography, main text, a "how scary" chart, "Shark Bites" that feature basic facts like size, habitat, where they are found in the world's oceans, individual "weapons" such as mouth size, sharp or replaceable teeth, keen sense of smell or sight, as well as a red "Killer fact," for example, the fact that hammerheads like to feed on venomous sting rays. The book boasts a "gruesome life-size great white fold-out" that mainly features the snout and mouth. The author does mention that not all sharks are as scary as they sound; for instance the basking shark only eats plankton. If scary with sensationalist spin is what you want, here is the book for you. But if you would like to hear children say, "how remarkable" instead of "how scary!" then look further afield; a plethora of shark books is available today. Here's a final shark fact: more sharks are killed by humans than humans by sharks. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Like a carnival barker's pitch, the sensational covers of these books lure students to gape at a menagerie of fearsome and fascinating creatures. Sure to capture and hold the interest of reluctant readers as well as enthusiastic browsers, the volumes rate the scariness of the animals and provide basic information as well as enough lurid details to hit that sweet spot between "eww" and "awesome." Jazzy, colorful graphics; heavy paper stock; "Killer Fact" sidebars; "actual size" images (of a lion's canine tooth, for example); and a large fold-out in each volume keep the pages turning. Unfortunately, the animal photos are obscured by placement over the well in many of the spreads, and a typo slipped through in Predators. A laudable "Taking It Further" section in the back of each book encourages independent research and is complemented by a list of useful websites.

Product Details

QEB Publishing
Publication date:
Animal Attack! Series
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
IG980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Camilla de la Bedoyere was a teacher for 10 years before she became a full-time nonfiction author. She has written more than 250 books for children. Camilla is currently Editor of the Children's Page of a British national newspaper.

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