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Giant Shark: Megalodon, the Super Prehistoric Predator Hardcover – August 21, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 1100L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (August 21, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395914191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395914199
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6-Arnold's readable, informative book, which looks at a giant marine predator that cruised the Miocene and Pliocene seas for millions of years, will grab shark lovers and dinophiles alike. Though no complete megalodon skeleton has been discovered to date, the author has compiled the data from numerous partial finds, compared it with that of modern sharks with likely close relationships, and extrapolated possible physical characteristics and behaviors. Her calculations have been vetted by several experts, as have Caple's liquid watercolors, which perfectly complement the text. Some purists may grumble at Arnold's terming a 52-foot megalodon as "the largest ocean predator" (60-foot sperm whales not being vegetarians), but this is a most minor carp. Overall, this book's glowing artwork, clearly accessible text, and engrossing subject will attract readers like a magnet does iron filings.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 4-6. Megalodon was a super-size shark that first appeared in the oceans about 20 million years ago and died out about 2 million years ago. Shark fans will definitely be impressed with the statistics: Megalodon was more than twice as big as the modern shark. Arnold uses Megalodon to help explain to young readers how fossil records are pieced together and how scientists make conjectures about the anatomy and habits of ancient animals. Paintings by Laurie Caple (several of sharks chomping on sea creatures) appear on every page. Children who pick this up for the pictures of huge teeth will also come away with some scientific details. Todd Morning
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More About the Author

Caroline Arnold is the author of more than 100 books for children. She writes both fiction and nonfiction and recently has illustrated some of her books with striking cut paper art. To see prints and cards of her illustrations, go to www.etsy.com/shop/CarolineArnoldArt. Recent nonfiction titles include A Polar Bear's World, A Bald Eagle's World, Global Warming and the Dinosaurs, A Panda's World, Giant Sea Reptiles of the Dinosaur Age, Super Swimmers, and Easter Island. Her recent fiction books include Wiggle and Waggle, a collection of five stories for beginning readers, and The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers, a tall tale.
Her books have received awards from the American Library Association, the National Science Teachers Association, P.E.N., and SCBWI. Recently she received the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work, the Leo Politi Award from California Readers, and from the Children's Literature Council of Southern California, the Best Written and Illustrated Suite of Nonfiction for children.
Caroline's interest in animals and the out-of-doors began when she was a child growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After majoring in art and literature at Grinnell College in Iowa, she received her M.A. in art from the University of Iowa. Some of her new books are illustrated with her own art. Caroline lives in Los Angeles and teaches part-time in the Writer's Program at UCLA Extension.

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The authors have written an excellent description of Megalodon, the giant shark of about 30 million years ago whom some think may still exist. Describing the species in some detail, especially its skeleton and tooth structure, the narrative truly describes an eating machine, invincible to all in the sea except another Megalodon. They authors are wrong on one point however, the Megalodon is not the largest sea predator ever. That honor belongs to Liepleurodon, a late Jurassic Plesiosaur that had thirteen foot jaws and weighed up to 150 tons. It could have snacked upon Megalodon. In fact, it did hunt sharks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Junaid Hamid on June 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for anyone who loves sharks, especially Megalodon.That person who said that Liopleuridon could snack on him please, Megalodon would have put up the best fight.And when he said that liopleuridons jaws were 13 feet long well their not, their only 10 feet long.Well anyways this is an excellent book, and once you read it you will find out who was the top predator!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for anyone who likes sharks. I did not know half the things in this book. I would rate this book 9 out of 10. There is not only info on Megalodon but on all sharks. This book tells you how shark's digestive system works, and that sharks lived before the dinosaurs
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