Journey Under the Arctic – James O. Fraioli; illustrated by Joe St. Pierre

      Journey Under the Arctic – James O. Fraioli; illustrated by Joe St. Pierre, Margaret K. McElderry Books; (9781534420908), 2020

Format: hardcover

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

Genre: Graphic novels

What did you like about the book? This second graphic novel in the Fabian Cousteau adventure series is an exciting mix of fiction and nonfiction elements. A scientific exploration ship is headed to the Arctic with the goal of learning more about the dumbo octopus (named for its iconic fins that look like Dumbo’s ears) and how it adapts to extreme cold temperatures. Along the way, the student researchers learn about ways to combat climate change, traditional practices of the Inuit, as well as special characteristics of various Arctic animals. For instance, did you know that a narwhal’s horn has millions of nerve endings that help it detect temperature changes? Amazing! Vivid color illustrations and frequent action sequences make this text highly engaging. Highly recommended!

To whom would you recommend this book? Students who love learning about science and animals will love this book. Also recommended as a supplementary source for any units on climate change.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No! It’s fabulous.

Who should buy this book? Recommended for all elementary and middle school libraries.

Where would you shelve it? Graphic novels

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date reviewed: April 22, 2020


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