- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 2
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (June 16, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805099611
- ISBN-13: 978-0805099614
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea Hardcover – June 16, 2015
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Gr 2–5—Handsome, softly realistic illustrations depict an assortment of ocean dwellers, each accompanied by a brief paragraph full of interesting factoids as each creature proclaims itself "the most amazing creature in the sea." A wide variety of oceanic life unfolds in the images, which brim with details, from the blue blood of the vampire squid to the natural antifreeze of the wolffish and the gelatinous slime of the hagfish. Other creatures depicted in these hauntingly vivid visuals include a toothy anglerfish, a massive leatherback turtle, and a leafy sea dragon. The final spread is devoted to the lesser fry that keep the oceans—and other fish—clean: the filterers, the alga-eaters, the reef-building corals, and the wrasse. An author's note on the importance of preserving these species is accompanied by a brief bibliography. Pair this with Erich Hoyt's more difficult Weird Sea Creatures (Firefly, 2013) and Sylvia Earle's Sea Critters (National Geographic, 2000). VERDICT An eye-catching jumping-off point for further investigation.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
“Readers will enjoy debating who deserves the coveted title . . . . An awe-inspiring look at ocean biodiversity that revels in the significance of every animal.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Handsome, softly realistic illustrations depict an assortment of ocean dwellers, each accompanied by a brief paragraph full of interesting factoids as each creature proclaims itself "the most amazing creature in the sea." . . . An eye-catching jumping-off point for further investigation.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“Who is the most amazing creature in the sea? . . . Inviting their readers to choose the answer themselves, this skillful author-illustrator pair again encourages their senses of wonder at the natural world.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“With short paragraphs that read aloud very effectively and richly colored, intricately detailed paintings that look their best from a little distance, this picture book is well designed for sharing with groups of children. A natural for classroom science units.” ―Booklist
“The Greatest Dinosaur Ever” ―By Brenda Z. Guiberson and Gennady Spirin
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Pros: Readers will love reading about the bizarre features and behaviors of these diverse sea creatures. The pictures will amaze and delight, as well.
Cons: This book is so perfect to use for researching sea creatures that I’m afraid the third grade teachers in my school will steal it before I have a chance to use it with their classes.
The only criticism I can make (and I'm really grasping here) is that I wish there were a little more parallelism or structure to the prose. It seems, in parts, like it's building a rhythm but it never quite gets there. But it's still fun to read for adults and children alike. If your child is squeamish or easily frightened, do beware that the author doesn't hold back on revealing the truths of predator and prey. In nature, "amazing" and "deadly" often go hand in hand.