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Children's LiteratureWhat is it about little kids and big critter teeth? Zoologist-author Nicola Davies understands the thrills and chills inspired by denizens of the deep. In Surprising Sharks, she plays with the stereotype of sharks as giant man-killers. Instead of the great white, kids first meet the dwarf lantern shark, which is "just bigger than a chocolate bar." Sharks, writes Davies, "are not at all what you might expect." Black lantern sharks have light-making organs on their tummies, swell sharks puff up to protect themselves from predators and the small cookie-cutter shark sports a whimsical name and shape. This playful text, complemented nicely by James Croft's bright illustrations, shows how sharks breathe, hunt and have babies. It also provides a startling statistic: "every year people kill 100 million sharks." The seas are fast losing these mighty swimmers so important to Earth's ecosystem for 300 million years. 2003, Candlewick, Ages 3 to 7.