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Fish Everywhere

illus. by Britta Teckentrup. 32p. Candlewick/Big Picture. May 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536206258.
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Gr 1–4—Author and illustrator Teckentrup takes on fish in her latest endeavor. Topics are explained in simple, relatable language limited to page spreads. The book looks at body structure, the evolution of fish, geographic location, feeding habits, survival adaptation, breeding, and their relationship with people. Three spreads are displayed vertically. Color blocks on the page help readers transition between subjects. To make the reading even more enjoyable, questions acting as guessing games are sprinkled throughout, such as a quest to spot all the Atlantic cod in one picture. While important words are in bold, there is no glossary. The lack of a table of contents, back matter, or resources to consult for further study also signal that this book is not for hard-hitting research. Some information is misleading in its tendency to lean toward the whimsical. For example, the adult ocean sunfish is listed as weighing up to 5,100 pounds (on average, the ocean sunfish is 2,200 pounds). Some of the body parts in the diagram are sweeps of color; the liver is a perfect circle.
VERDICT If readers usually swoon over Teckentrup's fabulous illustrations, this book won't disappoint.

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