Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge 2016 is a weekly celebration of imaginative children’s nonfiction materials hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy.
I love sharks. I’ve always loved sharks. Shark Week was always a highlight of my TV schedule, Jaws is one of my all-time favourite movies, and I think I’ve seen each and every one of those ridiculous Syfy Channel shark movies (Two-Headed Shark Attack, anyone?). My friend and I went to see The Shallows recently, and I was seriously annoyed by its portrayal of the shark as a vengeful, relentless killing machine – have we not moved on from Jaws 4, Hollywood? Have we learned nothing?
You can imagine how excited I was to see this stunning nonfiction title pop up on the shelves recently. DK is known for its fantastic photography, and this title is no exception. Kids are going to be drawn in by the crazy cover, and will be kept engaged by each page of eye-catching imagery, which is a great blend of disgusting and cool.
This is one of those titles that’s packed with information but still manages to be exciting.I really appreciate books that offer their information in manageable, bite-sized pieces, making them more accessible and ensuring that they don’t come across as intimidating or overwhelming to young readers, despite being highly educational.
A student could theoretically use Sharks and Other Deadly Ocean Creatures for research purposes, but none of the creatures are discussed in any great detail, making this perhaps better suited for recreational reading. I’m a huge fan of reading nonfiction for pleasure, so of course I’m always delighted to come across a book that I think kids will be happy to read just for the fun of it.
So, any fellow shark nerds in the audience? If so, you’ll probably want to get your hands on this one, so you can look through it before the kids get to it. 😉