Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Creature Files : Sharks - a bookwrap

If you know a young shark lover (or an older one), this book is the perfect gift! Wow! Who knew?  


"Creature Files: Sharks: Encounter the Ocean's Top 20 Fiercest Sharks"

by L.J. Tracosas (Author)

Hardcover – April 3, 2018
Series:  Creature Files

Unwrapping some amazing photos for you

Did you know? 

There are more than 400 species, or types of sharks.  Their sizes range from a mere 6" (15 cm) to a whopping 40 ft. (12 m) long.  That's the size of a banana to the size of a school bus?  Not all sharks are man-eating killers.  Some are bottom-feeders and the tiny ones just take nibbles out of their prey.

We're talking mega-teeth embedded into them here.  The shape and sizes of the teeth depend upon the food that they eat.  Shark's teeth allow them to grab, tear, snag and grind their prey.  Their mouths are filled with row upon row of teeth and if one falls out the tooth in the next row goes into its place. How cool is that?  Some sharks can have as many as 35,000 teeth in a lifetime.  Wow!!!

Sharks possess super senses of smell (sometimes they are called "swimming noses"), hearing (they have inner ears so sound travels 4x faster to them in water), touch (they have pores filled with small hairs that run the full length of their body enabling them to sense water pressure and nearby vibrations), and sight (they can see very well in lowlight and have reflectors in their eyes).  

They use camouflage, their whiskers, barbels and staying statue still to their advantage while hunting down their prey.  They are weapons ready to strike. 

About the book

This excellent non-fiction book is part of a series that I am positive kids will throughly enjoy.  It is packed full of detailed photos and shark profiles that will bring this extraordinary species to life right before your eyes. 

The book showcases twenty types of sharks and elaborates on their physical bodies, eating habits,  and where they are located in our world. An extra bonus is the "Shark Bite File" that explains more detailed information that kids would love to know.  The photos are graphic and awe-inspiring, bordering on breathtaking!   Some of the sharks documented are familiar and some will be foreign but all in all after reading the book you will understand why these specific sharks have been featured.  They are powerful, magnanimous creatures of the ocean. 

Each two-page spread focuses on one particular breed of shark. The illustrations are bright, colourful and very eye-catching.  The almost make the text animated.  The layout of the book is very effective and engaging for young readers.  They will marvel at these creatures and go back time and time again to read about them. 

This book would be a wonderful addition to a classroom or school library. I think boys especially would be drawn in by the subject matter and the cool layout with the vibrant colours and fun fact bites.  I highly recommend this book, and in fact, the whole series.  

Special thanks to  NetGalley for providing me with an advance reader copy to review.

Storywraps Rating:  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Introducing the author 

L. J. Tracosas writes books for curious kids and edits anything she can get her hands on. She’s published ten books for young readers, including the bestselling Creature Files series, as well as licensed titles with Mattel, WWE, and others. L.J. lives in Atlanta with her husband, son, and two cats.

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