If Sharks Disappeared – written and illustrated by Lily Williams


 If Sharks Disappeared – written and illustrated by Lily Williams, Roaring Book Press, 9781626724136, 2017

Format: Hardcover

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 bookRecommended 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

Advertisements
This entry was posted in *Starred Review, Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s