Sharks and Other Sea Monsters (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series)
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Sharks and Other Sea Monsters (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series)

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by Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart
     
 

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Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water! The second astonishing ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA book from Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart is about to pop up everywhere.

While dinosaurs patrolled the lands, massive prehistoric sharks, giant scorpions, and colossal squid cruised the ancient oceans - most with just one thing in mind: eat or be

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Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water! The second astonishing ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA book from Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart is about to pop up everywhere.

While dinosaurs patrolled the lands, massive prehistoric sharks, giant scorpions, and colossal squid cruised the ancient oceans - most with just one thing in mind: eat or be eaten. In this companion volume to the best-selling ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS, pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart explore the prehistoric underwater world, where monsters like megalodon ruled the waves.

Full of captivating facts and more than 35 breathtaking pop-ups, this incredible volume is sure to astonish and amaze everyone from budding marine biologists to confirmed landlubbers. After all, if prehistoric coelacanths and crocodiles are still around, what else might be lurking in today's largely unexplored oceans?

Editorial Reviews

On the heels of their pop-up bestseller on dinosaurs, paper engineers Sabuda and Reinhart turn their focus to ancient sea creatures. Both a visual and tactile feast, their new book features a giant shark (with jagged teeth that chomp down as the page turns), fearsome sea lizards, 7-foot sea scorpions-and even a nod to Nessie of Loch Ness fame. When the novelty of the pop-up wears off, there's still plenty of substance nestled within the lively text: "An orthodontist's nightmare, sarcosuchus had a horrendous overbite, and its mouth was filled with nearly 100 teeth, some the size of railroad spikes!" (Ages 6 to 8)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2006
Publishers Weekly
Favorite formats and characters continue in a plethora of spring picture books. Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart follows their impressive Dinosaurs, and it's every bit as stunning. The "monstrous pterygotus," a lobster-like creature that's "bigger than most adult humans" pops up in the very first spread. Mini-booklets once again zero in on specific topics, such as invertebrates and amphibians, while sturdy transparent sheets create a 3-D underwater effect. Fans of Dinosaurs will appreciate the sarcusuchus (aka "dino-killer"), a precursor to the crocodile, and those who shuddered at the teeth of the T. rex in book one will similarly shrink from the jaws of an open-mouthed shark in this volume. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is one of two Sabuda/Reinhardt pop-up books in the "Encyclopedia Prehistorica" series. Both are approximately 7 ½" wide by 9 ½" high and 2 ½" deep. It becomes 3" deep on the front edges when released from the clear wrapping in which each book is shipped to the stores. The depth, of course, is due to the hundreds of folds of paper used in the production of this amazing book. There are six double-page spreads, each with a central pop-up structure so large that it stretches beyond the dimensions of the book when it is opened, and up to four small side booklets secured into the corners of the pages. This might be the place to suggest that, although the publisher mentions five and up as an appropriate age for readers of this book, it will frequently take an older reader to assure that every bend and fold goes back into place as the pages are turned. The last page, in particular, needs a gentle push inward on the big sea lizard's neck before it folds back into place. To indicate the diversity of motions and effects encountered, the small three-page booklet tucked into the lower left hand side of the first page features three separate pop-up scenes. The first, from the Paleozoic Era, illustrates a prehistoric amphibian crawling out of the sea (a transparent sheet of stiff blue green plastic) to begin life on land. The second page in the same booklet shows three Mesozoic Era reptiles (a pterosaurus, a plesiosaurus, and an ichthyosaurus) flailing about. The third page, depicting the Cenozoic Era, has whales, dolphins, and, emerging from a hole in the sea, seal-like creatures with saws for teeth. Those are the little pop-ups! The major pop-ups include a giant half crab-half octopus, anenormous underwater scorpion, a ridgeback crocodile going after a dinosaur, a battle of long-necked sea lizards, and a Kronosaurus skeleton. Tantalizing facts and fascinating conjectures are all presented in a style more sprightly than scientific, and certainly more entertaining. 2006, Candlewick Press, Ages 5 up.
—Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-This companion to Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs (Candlewick, 2005) uses equally amazing pop-up illustrations to introduce a fascinating array of ancient sea creatures. From the creepy-crawly invertebrates of the Paleozoic Era to the toothy reptiles of the Mesozoic to the mammoth mammals of the Cenozoic, the enjoyably chatty text offers brief sketches of the changing environment and its inhabitants. The colorful spreads feature large, often breathtaking paper-engineered renderings of prehistoric species, supplemented by smaller, booklike foldouts that provide additional information along with more visual fireworks. Readers will meet a feisty pterygotus (a lobster look-alike that grew to seven feet), an eight-ton sarcosuchus (a crocodilian with a "horrendous overbite, and-nearly 100 teeth, some the size of railroad spikes!"), and a massive megalodon (a shark ancestor with jaws that "could open wide enough to swallow a hippopotamus whole"). Spectacular effects include a three-dimensional kronosaurus skeleton with intricately sculpted vertebrae, tinted plastic inserts that evoke murky underwater scenes, and an action-packed, pop-up battle between two long-necked behemoths. There is not much detail here, but the authors do include amusing tidbits about outlandish fossil hunters and references to legendary monsters (Kraken, giant sea snakes, etc). Fun from cover to cover, this attention-grabbing offering will captivate readers, despite its delicate structure and limited shelf life.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763622299
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/11/2006
Series:
Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series, #2
Edition description:
POP-UP
Pages:
12
Sales rank:
132,171
Product dimensions:
7.79(w) x 9.85(h) x 2.30(d)
Lexile:
NC1330L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

ROBERT SABUDA is the co-creator of the first book in this series, ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS. He is the force behind many stunning best-selling pop-up books, including AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ.

MATTHEW REINHART is the co-creator of ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS, the first title in this series. He has also created many other award-winning pop-up books, including the YOUNG NATURALIST series, THE POP-UP BOOK OF PHOBIAS, and ANIMAL POPPOSITES.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
March 8, 1965
Place of Birth:
Pinckney, Michigan
Education:
B.F.A., Pratt Institute, 1987
Website:
http://www.robertsabuda.com

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Sharks and Other Sea Monsters (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My copy was received much later than promised from BN. The conditon was very bad. Although properly shrink wrapped my copy has pages that do not pop up; sections are not glued; and are improperly folded. This is unacceptable. Someone needs to look at quality control!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This encyclodedia prepares kids, who inherently like dinosaurs anyway, for a learning experience that they will never forget, and love. It tells all about the early stage of the world when dinosaurs ruled as well as much, much more information.