Surprising Sharks (Read, Listen, and Wonder Series)

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"SHAAAARRRKK!" That's probably the last word anyone wants to hear while swimming in the warm blue sea. But most sharks aren't at all what people expect. In fact, those who think all sharks are giant, man-eating killers are in for a surprise. The compelling narrative, colorful illustrations, and captivating facts in Surprising Sharks reveal that sharks come in all shapes and sizes-and probably should be more afraid of humans than we are of them.

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Overview

"SHAAAARRRKK!" That's probably the last word anyone wants to hear while swimming in the warm blue sea. But most sharks aren't at all what people expect. In fact, those who think all sharks are giant, man-eating killers are in for a surprise. The compelling narrative, colorful illustrations, and captivating facts in Surprising Sharks reveal that sharks come in all shapes and sizes-and probably should be more afraid of humans than we are of them.

Introduces many different species of sharks, pointing out such characteristics as the small size of the dwarf lantern shark and the physical characteristics and behavior that makes sharks killing machines.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What 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.
—Mary Quattlebaum
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum and Marilyn Courtot
Zoologist-author Nicola Davies has consistently earned accolades for her books, and now some of them have been reissued with a CD in the "Read, Listen & Wonder" series. What is it about little kids and big critter teeth? 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. Kids are invited to take an informative journey with this magnificent marine animal both in the book and with the audio CD. The story is read by Alan Marriott and then additional facts are provided about sharks. The third and final track has the book being read again with music to assist young readers with the page turns. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum and Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Complete, factual, and fun, this book also sets the record straight on the number of man-eating shark species versus the number of sharks killed by humans. Reports on individual shark species would be a good addition for older students. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rarely do author and illustrator complement each other as perfectly as in this undersea jewel. Davies, a zoologist who often writes about the sea, uses humor and a touch of child-friendly whimsy to convey a lot of sound scientific knowledge about this ancient type of animal. "Who would expect a shark to . . . have built-in fairy lights . . . or blow up like a party balloon . . . or lie on the sea floor like a scrap of old carpet?" She crafts a true storyline-what makes sharks sharks?-and carries it through to the end. Croft's lavish acrylics add vibrant color, personable fish, and anatomic detail. Layout and type design enhance the illustrations; the package can't be beat. Surprising, indeed. (Junior Library Guild Selection) (Nonfiction. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763638375
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Series: Read, Listen, and Wonder Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,389,407
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.72 (w) x 10.66 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicola Davies, a zoologist and author of such books as WILD ABOUT DOLPHINS, ONE TINY TURTLE, and BAT LOVES THE NIGHT, has a special love of the sea. She has seen basking sharks off the coast of England and once came face to face with a shark while she was snorkeling - a baby spotted dogfish about the size of a sardine. Since sharks have been on Earth a lot longer than humans, she feels they deserve our respect and protection. She lives in Somerset, England.

James Croft has always enjoyed drawing sharks and finds that their teeth, speed, and the sense of danger they evoke fuel his imagination like no other creature. The illustrator of numerous books for children, including the Brand New Readers MOUSE HAS FUN and MOUSE GOES OUT by Phyllis Root, James Croft lives and works in London.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    If I was ever going to give a lesson on sharks, this would be th

    If I was ever going to give a lesson on sharks, this would be the first book I'd pick up. It was super informative but in a fun way. The pages were filled with vibrant colors and silly illustrations. Even little jokes were placed in the background for when you're reading. I loved it. It taught me a lot more about sharks than I would've learned from a boring science book that's for sure. Awesome Read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2005

    My 3 year old LOVES this!

    We recently bought this book for my 3 year old son and he just loves it! He loves to go through the book and point out the different sharks and tell us their names, he also knows what the different parts of the shark does and can tell us all about sharks thanks to this book!

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