Anglerfish: The Seadevil of the Deep by Elaine M. Alexander, illustrated by Fiona Fogg

Anglerfish: The Seadevil of the Deep by Elaine M. Alexander, illustrated by Fiona Fogg. Candlewick Press, 2022. 9781536213966

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

Format: Hardcover picture book

What did you like about the book? It’s hard to believe that this is Alexander’s first foray into picture book writing, although she’s a youth services librarian by trade, so it’s no wonder she has found the perfect recipe! This text has it all – an intriguing creature that fascinates many children, stunning digitally rendered illustrations, and a delightful narrative that details the history, adaptations and lifestyle of the Anglerfish in a way that surpasses other texts in the genre. End matter provides a useful glossary along with pictorial representations of a variety of Anglerfish species. A robust index supports children who may read the text for research purposes. Children will appreciate the tenacity of this resilient creature and cheer her on once they have experienced her trials and tribulations through the combined talents of Alexander and Fogg. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Young children will enjoy this book as an independent read or as a read aloud. Teachers and parents will appreciate the engaging story of the Anglerfish and enjoy reading it with children. 

Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: April 17, 2022

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