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
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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 MorningCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved