Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Sharks are often depicted as scary, especially in picture books, but are they really so bad? With the help of a curious and expressive young girl, Williams explores a world where sharks have disappeared and the devastating effects it could have on not only the ocean, but the world!
The simplified science combined with rich illustrations creates a story that is not only easy to follow, but accessible, engaging, and educational. Sharks finally get to be the heroes while kids learn the importance of a balanced ecosystem.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Everything meshed well in this short book, allowing readers and listeners to grasp larger concepts in an enjoyable manner. The book even includes resources to further discussion including a glossary, an Author’s Note, and a guide to being a “conscious consumer”!
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for pre-K up to early elementary students. While the book may be a little much for pre-readers, it could have a place in storytime for an older preschool crowd and would certainly find a rapt audience in elementary schools. Children who are interested in sharks will love learning something new about them; this would pair well with Shark Lady by Jess Keating.
Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)
Where would you shelve it ? Picture book collection
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes! This is a great little book for all ages.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA
Date of review: June 17, 2017