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Children's LiteratureTake any young child to an aquarium and they will almost always gravitate toward the sharks. These fish intrigue young and old. Reading this well-written book is the closest thing to an aquarium visit for a young reader. The book defines what a shark is, identifies body parts, and features many well-known shark types, as well as other dangerous ocean-dwellers such as lionfish, jellyfish, rays, eels, and a very deadly blue-ringed octopus. Especially fine is the way the book tells the size of these critters, comparing them in size to a man, or a human hand in the case of small creatures. A danger rating, featuring shark jaws instead of numbers, makes that information very understandable to young readers. The book's format is colorful and lively with photo illustrations and just enough text—a visual treat. The book includes a glossary, written with the very young reader in mind. Well done! This book would be a great addition to any classroom, public or private library. It would be a perfect gift for parents or grandparents to give to a young child who is fascinated with sharks. Next thing you know, that young reader will want to visit a shark in person. Do not miss the line on the copyright page that states, "We would like to reassure you that no designers, editors, or photographers were eaten during the making of this book!" 2005, Priddy Books/St. Martin's Press, and Ages 4 to 10.