Tide Pool Secrets: A Lift-the-Flap Book – by Narelle Oliver

Tide Pool Secrets: A Lift-the-Flap Book – by Narelle Oliver, Candlewick Press, (9780763691592), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Non-fiction

What did you like about the book? Many sea creatures use clever camouflage to disguise themselves within their habitat. “At first glance, there’s nothing much to see. But the tide pools are full of secrets.” Using a mix of lift-the-flap pages and regular pages, tide pool denizens such as sea anemone, hermit crab, decorator crab, shrimp, sea star, turban sea snail, shrimp, and sea slug are revealed. There is a paragraph of information about each creature. The flaps of this lift-the-flap book are larger than usual, taking up about a third of the page. Each flap opens in a different direction (up, down, right) and culminates in a double set of flaps revealing a panorama that contains all the previously introduced wildlife and the challenge, “Can you find the tide pool secrets?” A final double page spread shows each animal again with additional information about it and about tide pools. Given that it would be hard to see many of the animals who use camouflage to hide, this is better for one on one sharing than for reading aloud in a group.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Two of the animals, octopus and goby, would be extremely unlikely to be found in a tide pool.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to readers from preschool to second grade that enjoy interactive books that teach about nature.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with picture books or 577.59.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

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

Date of review:  4/21/17

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