Shark Week: Everything You Need To Know

160p. index. photos. websites. Feiwel & Friends. May 2016. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250097774.
Gr 4–6—Promoting the conservation of these feared—and often misunderstood—sea creatures, this work emphasizes the awesomeness of sharks. It covers dozens of shark species, from the smallest (the pale catshark at eight inches long) to the most elusive (the pocket shark, with only two recorded sightings). Shark anatomy, how scientists study fossilized remains, and common shark myths are discussed. Reproduction is covered in detail. A "Who Would Win?" section that pits sharks against other fearsome animals is high in kid appeal. The winner is calculated based on physical features and attack modes. Stories about shark attacks bring this thick read to a close. A useful index helps pinpoint areas of interest. Readers will appreciate the high-quality photos throughout. The advanced vocabulary, in combination with minimal pronunciation guides for scientific terms, makes this title suited for upper elementary and middle school readers.
VERDICT This volume will swim off the shelves. Catch it to beef up shark collections.

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