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School Library Journal11/01/2014
Gr 4–7—Centered on the experiences photographer and diver Jeff Rotman, this set offers exciting insight into the world of sharks. Information on diving, photography, and Rotman's life are interwoven with plenty of facts about the animals he studies. Rotman's high-quality photographs are varied, incorporating insets, full-page images, and two-page spreads. Some are amazing close-up views of sharks; others show the intriguing process of underwater photography. The diver's accounts are woven into the narrative as he describes hitching a ride on a whale shark's fin and other daring exploits. Useful statistics, diagrams, and fact boxes provide details to support the photographer's first-hand experiences. Readers will also learn how a wildlife photographer impacts conservation efforts. With their focus on more spectacular species, Seeking Giant Sharks and Great White Shark have the highest appeal, but all four books are fresh looks at an always popular subject.