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Real-Life Sea Monsters (On My Own Science) Paperback


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  • Series: On My Own Science
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: First Avenue Editions; Reprint edition (August 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822567504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822567509
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–4—The first book introduces kraken, mermaids, and sea serpents and poses the question of whether these creatures might in fact have been giant squid, manatee, and oarfish, respectively, and does so by citing their appearances and behaviors. The author and illustrator employ a romanticized look and tone with an uneven result. Forced alliterations, "terrible tentacles that tackled ships," flow in and out of the text. The illustrations are representative of the text's uneven quality, computer-assisted art gone awry. A squatting cameraman's clothing appears painted on from waist to chest and a woman with a bulky body has a pin head. In an easy-to-understand text, the second book discusses Dr. William Hammer's discovery of Cryolophosaurus, a 190-million-year-old frozen crested lizard, in Antarctica in 1991. The straightforward presentation concisely discloses what led the team of scientists there and how the paleontologists went about their work. The book discusses their preparations, training, and techniques, and clearly conveys the dangers the expedition faced. The illustrations, done in crisp, bold colors, show the team at work and their discoveries.—Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
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Slick-looking illustrations ably support the text with eye-catching sea animals. -- The Horn Book Guide

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Durney on April 14, 2008
Format: Library Binding
I am the illustrator of this book. Both myself and the author, Judith were hurt by this School Library Journal Review. It seems that the reviewer has forgotten how to look at a book as a child might, and instead goes on a personal rant against this "type" of book. She also obviously has a negative bias against digital artwork, some of which took me several weeks to produce. First off, The critique on the writing is absurd. Those forced alliterations were "tongue-in-cheek," planned that way to kick off each chapter. What better way to open a chapter then with a romanticized description and an art piece that was more painterly and more finished (her idea of inconsistent)? The creature pages will capture your child's imagination-I guarantee! As for the proportions of the character on the spread she mentions-I admit I do not go for strait out photo-realism. Their clothes look strange because it was a scene from the 60's and some clothing was worn tightly.

This is some of my best work, and I stand by it. The Kracken scene alone took an entire week (unfortunately, it is obscured by a design back pane). Another great thing about this book is that it is bold in a time of "plain vanilla" art and writing. This book shows the creatures of legend in the exact way they were feared and perceived. Mermaids were beautiful and terrifying. Jenny Greenteeth will delight and chill.

-Just a different perspective, from a source "close" to the project
By the way, this book won the 2007 Children's Choice Award from the International Reading Association, which is an honor
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By ML on October 28, 2013
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
5 stars because product arrived as described. I thought I lost this book, it was originally a book my kid checked out from the library. I ordered from amazon to replace the book I thought was lost (later we found it). Nothing to dislike, product is in great condition. This website is good resource to replace lost library books.
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By Linda D on July 24, 2010
Format: Library Binding
This book is a fun read. My son does not like reading at all and I showed him this book and watched his eyes widen with every page turn. This book will capture your child's imagination and keep them wondering!
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