Sharks: Predators of the Sea – Anna Claybourne


71ue18-aol       Sharks: Predators of the Sea – Anna Claybourne, Firefly Books, (9781770857391), 2016.

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Non-fiction

What did you like about the book? 

A large shark with a gaping mouth on the front cover gives readers fair warning what they will find inside as each of sixteen different kinds of shark gets a two page spread illustrated with eye-catching graphics (mostly photos), a chart that shows the adult shark’s size relative to a human diver, and several paragraphs of relevant facts. A few of the sharks’ close relatives (sawfish, rays, and prehistoric sharks) receive the same treatment. Additional sections cover general shark topics such as teeth, skeleton, skin, senses, eggs, and attacks.  The close up photos of each animal staged mostly on black background with well-written captions dramatically illustrate how the sharks have attained their position as top ocean predators and raise this non-fiction book a cut above the average. Includes glossary and index. Although technically a paperback, the stiffer than usual cover material seems like it will hold up to rigorous use.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to patrons from grades 3 – 6 for browsing and reports.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries, middle school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with other books about sharks in 597.3.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, top half of the pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  2/7/17

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