"Sharkabet: A Sea of Sharks from A to Z" is a thrilling, chilling book for children of all ages. Featuring Ray Troll's spectacular fishy art, this book portrays sharks both living and extinct.

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"Sharkabet: A Sea of Sharks from A to Z" is a thrilling, chilling book for children of all ages. Featuring Ray Troll's spectacular fishy art, this book portrays sharks both living and extinct.

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Children's Literature
Extinct or alive, the sharks in this book are well drawn with creative backgrounds and scenery to catch your eye. There is a shark representing each letter of the alphabet, hence the title. A shark family tree gives an overview of how sharks are related, with a brief introduction explaining that sharks are cartilaginous, meaning they are made of cartilage rather than bones, and that they're also called chondrichthyans, or cartilage fish. The bulk of the book is examples of sharks drawn in ways to make it easy to remember what the shark is called. For example, the dogfish glide over a field with running dogs at their sides, and the kidney-headed sharks swim through a sea of kidney beans. A section of shark facts is included, with information about their hunting skills, their teeth, skin and extra senses, and how humans threaten the species. Although only one sentence accompanies the main artwork in the book, there is a field guide at the end, giving interesting information about each shark that is represented. For each shark, this includes common names, length, color, range, remarks with extra facts, and the shark's general population status. Education and fun come together in this fact-filled book.
—Cherie Haas
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-An extraordinary alphabet of chondrichthyans from angel sharks to zebra sharks with a nifty intermingling of current and extinct species. In an introductory segment, Troll states that to make things "simpler" he is calling "all of the chondrichthyans sharks." This arbitrary personal classification allows him to include such non-sharks as rays, guitarfish and chimaeras in his alphabet soup, sadly to the detriment of scientific purity. Two pages of "Amazing Shark Facts" precede his "Shark Field Guide," which carefully points out the non-sharks in his lineup, presenting data on size, color, range, status, and fascinating "general remarks," all of which provide enough information for the merely curious and a sturdy launching platform for further investigations. However, the book's greatest asset is the brilliant art bursting from the pages like jewels. Often whimsical (nurse sharks are shown gliding about a patient in a hospital bed) or very dramatic (an extinct megalodon attacking a pod of prehistoric cetaceans), the images glow on the pages like mixed-media gems.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558685192
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/3/2002
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 669,931
  • Age range: 5 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Troll's art has been featured on the Discovery Channel, in dozens of magazines and newspapers, and in galleries and museums such as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the California Academy of Sciences. He has created and illustrated several best-selling books, including "Sharkabet: A Sea of Sharks from A to Z "(2002); "Life's a Fish and Then You Fry, "a cookbook by Randy Bayliss (2002); and, with Brad Matsen, "Raptors, Fossils, Fins and Fangs "(1995); "Planet Ocean: A Story of Life, the Sea, and Dancing to the Fossil Record "(1994); and "Ray Troll's Shocking Fish Tales "(1993). His next book, "Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway, "with text by paleontologist Kirk Johnson, will be published in 2005. He lives in Ketchikan, Alaska. Brad Matsen is an author, documentary screenwriter, and photographer whose books include "Incredible Deep-Sea Adventures "(2003); "The Shape of Life" (2002); "Fishing Up North: Stories of Luck and Loss in Alaskan Waters "(1998); and his three previous collaborations with Ray Troll. He lives in Seattle and New York.

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