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Uneven Take on an Interesting Subject
on August 8, 2010
What I came away from this book is that the colossal squid is one scary beast with teeth where teeth don't belong. I would say this would be good short reading for a nine year old boy, at least it would have been fun for me back in the day. The descriptions of scientists and fishermen collaborating to gradually extract out the truth from the fable are the best part of the book and quite enjoyable.
What I didn't like was the fable and imagining what life was like at sea portions that started the book. They all sort of read the same, and the prose was not up to the task of communicating the emotional state of the frightened.
The illustrations and photos are interesting. My four year old son was always asking me to read the accompanying text whenever he saw some odd monstrosity. Such a topic can't help be of fascination to the young.
In summary, a decent enough book for children, that's strong in scientific interest and weak on mythology.