Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5
What did you like about the book? With an arresting close up cover photograph of an octopus and the Smithsonian brand on the cover, this non fiction reader promises fascinating reading on invertebrates. The book covers ocean life, which is where most of the invertebrates in the world live. In seven short chapters, a glossary, and with color photographs, basic information is given on mollusks, coral reefs, jelly fish, sponges, crustaceans, worms and sea cucumbers. Short declarative sentences with a bit of humor make this title appealing to fluent readers who like technical details of marine life.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The big disappointment is in the quality of photographic reproduction. The vivid color and clarity of the cover is not matched by the interior photographs, which are cloudy and flat. One can sense that the actual photographs are amazing, but the problem is all in the printed reproduction. Also, most of the animals are labelled, but not all.
To whom would you recommend this book? Give this to non fiction loving newly-fluent readers.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Easy readers or non fiction (590’s)
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: October 28, 2016