Great White Shark Adventure by James O. Fraioli, illustrated by Joe St. Pierre. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 9781534420885, 2019
Rating 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review): 4
What did you like about the book? Told in the style of a graphic novel, with the protagonist Fabien Cousteau (grandson of Jacques) at the helm. This is a fictionalized account of an ocean exploration to find a large Great White Shark. The plot is told in white dialog bubbles between Cousteau, his crew, and two junior explorers. In yellow boxes, are facts pertaining to the topic being discussed (parts of a boat, information about their location and environment, South Africa, shark facts, and much, much more). The book is full of fun facts and lots of information, along with an interesting dialogue between the characters, which contains even more information! The illustrations are bright and full of interesting details about sea life, boating, and exploration.
Anything you did not like about the book. The dialogue was a little stiff, but it was made up with facts and content.
To whom would you recommend this book? Budding marine biologists, shark fans, graphic novel readers, possibly reluctant readers who prefer non-fiction.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle schools, public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Graphic novel
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Lindsey Hughes, Marstons Mills Public Library, Marstons Mills, MA
Date of review: 3/26/19