Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 8 images

Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters Hardcover – April 11, 2006

4.8 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$58.64 $11.42

Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
Boys and girls ages 2 to 5 will love this action-packed Little Golden Book featuring Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, and the other Guardians of the Galaxy. Hardcover | Kindle book | See more for ages 3-5
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-5–This companion to Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs (Candlewick, 2005) uses equally amazing pop-up illustrations to introduce a fascinating array of ancient sea creatures. From the creepy-crawly invertebrates of the Paleozoic Era to the toothy reptiles of the Mesozoic to the mammoth mammals of the Cenozoic, the enjoyably chatty text offers brief sketches of the changing environment and its inhabitants. The colorful spreads feature large, often breathtaking paper-engineered renderings of prehistoric species, supplemented by smaller, booklike foldouts that provide additional information along with more visual fireworks. Readers will meet a feisty pterygotus (a lobster look-alike that grew to seven feet), an eight-ton sarcosuchus (a crocodilian with a horrendous overbite, and…nearly 100 teeth, some the size of railroad spikes!), and a massive megalodon (a shark ancestor with jaws that could open wide enough to swallow a hippopotamus whole). Spectacular effects include a three-dimensional kronosaurus skeleton with intricately sculpted vertebrae, tinted plastic inserts that evoke murky underwater scenes, and an action-packed, pop-up battle between two long-necked behemoths. There is not much detail here, but the authors do include amusing tidbits about outlandish fossil hunters and references to legendary monsters (Kraken, giant sea snakes, etc). Fun from cover to cover, this attention-grabbing offering will captivate readers, despite its delicate structure and limited shelf life.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

Gr. 1-3. The focus of this second entry in the Encyclopedia Prehistorica series of pop-up informational books, which began with Dinosaurs (2005), is not as narrow as the title suggests. An overview of the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras starts things off, and the lively facts about high-profile predators (a massive megalodon could "swallow a hippopotamus whole") are interspersed with information about not particularly monstrous creatures and sidebars about paleontological research. The pops, however, are the main event. On one spread, a gape-mouthed shark plunges toward unsuspecting readers; on another, frosted plastic mimics the ocean's surface. Gatefolds and inset minibooks expand the capacity of the book's seven spreads. Unfortunately, the paper sculptures occasionally obscure the text or catch on the booklets' pages, the artwork often lacks identifying captions, and some of the creatures are introduced without referencing their proper time period. But even if children find the details difficult to synthesize, the sheer wonder generated by the collaborators' dimensional sleight-of-hand will more than justify purchase. Jennifer Mattson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Interested in the Audiobook Edition?
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 1330L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Pop edition (April 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076362229X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763622299
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 2.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Most collectors of Pop-ups go through stages, ranging from things that strike our values to books we find artistically challenging. Sabuda's work is always very creative, HIGHLY original, and his engineering is complicated.

This book is no exception. It is grand to look at, colorful (unlike his white works), and the largeness of his Pop-ups makes you feel the sharks are coming off the page.

I would not classify this book as for kids. Its not a fun read, there is no story. Its an encyclopedia, with facts about pehistoric sea creatures. The pop-ups in some places dont go back nicely, and it might take a delicate touch, something that isnt found in your average 6 year old.

IM not saying that it isnt a book for a child. In fact my 6 year old dinosaur loving daughter LOVES this book, but since dad is a collector of pop-ups, we treat it carefully and read it together.

A great book, but consider who you are buying it for.
Comment 32 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I know... you think I'm exaggerating. You've seen very cool pop-ups before. You may even be a huge Sabuda fan, and you know that that Dinosaur book of his and Reinhart's was off-the-charts fantastic, so you might assume that the Shark one can't possibly be any better that that.

You're wrong. It is better. Holy moly, it's even better. All the pop-ups REAR out of the book at you. They practically take a bite out of you. The Jaws theme practically plays. Every single page is amazing, and the popups are bigger than ever, more plentiful than ever, more intricate than ever.

Calling this a pop-up book just doesn't do this justice. Even "magnificent paper engineering" doesn't do this justice. This is wonderful voo-doo magic. That's what this is.
Comment 29 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I have always been a big fan of pop-up books, and this is one of the best I've ever seen. It's beautiful and fun, and recommended for kids of all ages.

Highly entertaining, and highly recommended.
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
A Great Book to Read With the Kid on your lap. Probably best for kids in the couple or three grades. Best for kids on your lap because pop-up books are rather fragile. Grabbing the nose of the shark and using it as a handle to lug the book around is likely to lose the nose to your shark.

This book is a masterpiece of the pop-up genre. It's twelve pages generally contain a major and a minor pop-up. Our favorite is the shark on the third page you get to where the shark bites as you open and close the book. Of course you have to supply the tiny fingers for the shark to bite.

In addition each of the pages has another folded out page or two that have additional pop-ups. All a masterpiece of paper engineering.

Kids at that age seem to all have a fascination with big dangerous creachers, especially since they know they are home and safe from the big teeth.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My son received this as a gift and I have never seen a more beautiful book. There are pop-ups within pop-ups within pop-ups. The illustrations are amazing. The pop-ups are oragami like. It makes a beautiful gift -- but I wouldn't give it to a child under the age of 5.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big Sabuda fan. However, if you're looking for sharks this isn't your book. A better title would have been "Other Sea Monsters and a Shark."
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The more Pop-up Sabuda Reinhardt books I collect, the more amazing they seem to become!! Their Encyclopedia series of pop-ups are just beautiful and incredible! Looking at all 3 PREHISTORICA books makes me think of the artistic awe that I always feel watching the Rite of Spring animation in the classic 1940 FANTASIA! That 70 year old hand drawn animation is far more fasinating for me then the cold and stupid JURASSIC PARK movie even though FANTASIA'S dinosaurs would be considered out of date today because of recent research! Besides the drama of survival and it's march to the death of the dieing dinosaurs, Rite Of Spring has gorgeous hand painted, hand drawn art made in the style of Charles M. Knight whose paintings of prehistoric life have been on display in the Natural History Museum in New York City for decades.

The pop-ups of all 3 PREHISTORICA ENCYCLOPEDIA books including SHARKS AND OTHER SEA MONSTERS are painted in a streamlined style that reminds me of FANTASIA'S dinosaurs and pleiosaurs. The first 2 page spread has a mini pop-up underneath a prehistoric lobster, that depicts early amphibians, fish and insects in the Paleozoic era before the Meseizoic age of dinosaurs! It even has a frosted plastic in front of the sea creatures to give the effect of being underwater! The next mini page shows pleiosaurs in the water and pteradactyls in the air of the dinosaur age and then the last pages depicted a huge megalodon shark attacking a whale! All this in just this little first pop-up!! WOW!! The next pages display a gigantic crocadile named sarccsuchus that wheighed more then 8 tons and is shown leaping out the water about to swallow an unlucky dino trying to get away!! As I pull open the pages the jaws of the giant gator are closing in on the pop-up dino!
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As pretty much every reviewer has stated, this book is amazing. I purchased it for a third grader that I was a reading mentor for. I knew that he was a little young for this book--I was constantly saying "ooh be careful!" and "don't pull on that" at first, but realized that his love of sharks and undersea monsters overshadowed the need for this book to be treated gingerly. There's so many things on each page--one main popup scene, and several little popup pages inset, many with moveable or interactive elements.

The only real problem is that now I want my own copy!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse