Sharks and Other Sea Monsters (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series)

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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...

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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?

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Prehistory is stranger than fiction. Nothing proves that better than Sharks and Other Sea Monsters, Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart's Encyclopedia Prehistorica pop-up sequel to the superlatively popular Dinosaurs. As frightening as those dinosaurs were, they would have difficulty matching the chomping ability of these Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic sea creatures. The mighty megalodon, for example, could swallow a hippo whole, and the sarcosuchus had teeth the size of railroad spikes! Once again, master paper engineers Sabuda and Reinhart display their subjects in unforgettably vivid three-dimensional form.
From The Critics
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: 4/11/2006
  • Series: Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series, #2
  • Edition description: POP-UP
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 107,459
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC1330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.79 (w) x 9.85 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Sabuda

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.


Pop-up books are true oddities of children's publishing. They are charmingly quaint and old-fashioned, yet eternally popular. They've been around for ages, but precious few creative souls set out to become pop-up artists. This, however, is not the case with Robert Sabuda, who seems to have been born to make pop-up books.

Sabuda made his first step toward becoming one of the most ingenious pop-up artists in contemporary publishing as a very young child. He grew up in a household where books were held in the highest regard and reading was always encouraged. He has fond memories of being read to by his mother when he was a little boy. Sabuda's first encounter with a pop-up book occurred in a dentist office. Anxious about his appointment, young Robert's mother read a pop-up book with him to take his mind off the dentist's chair. He was instantly hooked.

Sabuda's background as a gifted artist also played a key role in his future career. As a kid, he was fortunate enough to be encouraged in his artistic pursuits by his teachers and his parents, his father being a mason and carpenter. He inherited from his dad a lifelong fascination with construction and avidly studied the pop-up books he received as gifts to find out what made them work. Imaginative and curious, he even made his own pop-ups out of discarded manila envelopes his mom brought home from her office.

This childhood hobby would prove invaluable, as an older Sabuda set out on a career in children's books. He got his start as a journeyman illustrator working with such writers as Eugene Bradley Coco (The Fiddler's Son; Wishing Well) and Jay Patrick Lewis (Earth Verses and Water Rhymes). He even worked on adaptations of Walt Whitman classics geared toward young readers.

Sabuda's first solo effort was Saint Valentine (1992), a retelling of the ancient tale of a humble Roman physician who brings about a miracle. The focal point of this charmingly simple story is Sabuda's illustrations, a series of intricate, exquisite mosaics made of marbleized and hand-painted paper that simulate the look of early Christian art. Proof of a craftsmanship rarely seen in children's books, Saint Valentine and its sequel, Tutankhamen's Gift, revealed the illustrator's uncanny talent for creating unconventional art.

In 1994, Sabuda discovered his niche with The Christmas Alphabet, a seasonal delight filled with eye-catching pop-ups and crafted with an elegance as appealing to adults as to children. The Christmas Alphabet was the first in a long line of remarkable paper-engineered wonders covering a wide range of subject matter. He would adapt famous tales (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), tackle contemporary issues (the Help the Animals series), and tell completely original stories (Winter's Tale).

Some of Sabuda's finest work has been done in collaboration with his partner and good friend Matthew Reinhart. Between them, these two pop-up geniuses have produced stunning work, including two wonderful science-oriented series, the Young Naturalist's Pop-up Handbook and the Encyclopedia Prehistorica. And although each has become increasingly involved in independent projects, they continue to influence each other in subtle and dramatic ways.

In explaining the attraction of the pop-up genre to today's technologically savvy kids, Sabuda says,. "I think [kids] are drawn to pop-up books because so much in their world today to them seems like magic, electronically," Sabuda told Barnes & "So, when they see one of my pop-ups books and they open it, they're amazed that it's occurring just by turning the page... that there's no electronics or bells or whistles to make that happen. I know that just from a creative part, they love seeing that magic occur."

Good To Know

As a boy, Sabuda took tap lessons at a local dance school, where he also furthered his artistic abilities by designing backdrops.

Shortly after graduating from Pratt Institute in New York City, Sabuda made ends meet by designing boxes for women's underwear.

Sabuda's first work in children's publishing was as an illustrator of coloring books, which books based on such popular movie characters as the very non-kid-friendly Rambo.

Sabuda shared some fun facts about himself in our interview:

"My first job was as a hardware stock boy and I LOVED it. To this day, when someone says 'Home Depot,' I start salivating like Pavlov's dog."

"I'm inspired to create the work that I do because I really don't know how to do anything else. Besides it's a bit of a curse, too. I always have so many ideas that I feel like I'll never get to them all."

"I don't know how to drive a car and have no desire to learn."

"My partner (author/illustrator) Matthew Reinhart and I just got an 1830's farmhouse in up state New York. Having it renovated has been a great project. It's like working on a huge pop-up that you can live in."

"To unwind, I do yoga, but my practice is pretty average. But I can do a headstand, away from the wall, which for me is a really big deal!"

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 8, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Pinckney, Michigan
    1. Education:
      B.F.A., Pratt Institute, 1987
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2011

    Very Poor

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2007

    Beyond Outstanding

    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.

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