Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Sharks and other sea creatures!


PBS’s successful animated show Wild Kratts joins the adventures of zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt as they travel to animal habitats around the globe. Along the way, they encounter incredible creatures while combining science education and fun. Boys and girls ages 4 to 6 will dive into this Step 2 Reader with the Kratt brothers as they activate their Creature Power Suits to swim with sharks, whales, and other wild sea creatures!


The Wild Kratts TV show is quite popular with many children and why not?  It's full of action and adventure, lots of cool animals, and the creature power suits that allow the brothers to become the animals they study.  This book and I'm assuming future books are based off these shows.  The illustrations appear to come right from the show itself (having seen the episodes this book is based on).  The information is interesting and accurate and since sharks and dolphins are always a popular topic the book is bound to be a hit.  From a library point of view it's hard to know how to categorize the book though, since it has both fictional and nonfictional elements to it, but wherever you put it, the kids are bound to love it.


Up close with the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them—just thirty miles from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge!

A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean's largest and most famous predators. Each fall, while the city's inhabitants dine on steaks, salads, and sandwiches, the great white sharks return to California's Farallon Islands to hunt their favorite meal: the seals that live on the island's rocky coasts. Massive, fast, and perfectly adapted to hunting after 11 million years of evolution, the great whites are among the planet's most fearsome, fascinating, and least understood animals.

In the fall of 2012, Katherine Roy visited the Farallons with the scientists who study the islands' shark population. She witnessed seal attacks, observed sharks being tagged in the wild, and got an up close look at the dramatic Farallons—a wildlife refuge that is strictly off-limits to all but the scientsts who work there. Neighborhood Sharks is an intimate portrait of the life cycle, biology, and habitat of the great white shark, based on the latest research and an up-close visit with these amazing animals.

Katherine RoyABOUT THE AUTHOR (from Goodreads profile)

Katherine Roy loves science, history, and big adventures, and is endlessly fascinated by the way things live. Neighborhood Sharks Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands is the first book that she has both written and illustrated. Katherine is also the illustrator of The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon series by S.S. Taylor and Buried Beneath Us by Anthony Aveni. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she currently lives in New York City. You can visit her website at to learn more about her work, her research, and about great white sharks.


Neighborhood Sharks is one of the most amazing nonfiction books I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot). The explosive cover illustration is stunning and will pull in any shark reader out there of any age. The author takes the time to not only tell the story of what a great white shark hunt is like, but she also details what makes them such incredible hunters, and what scientists are doing to try to understand and protect them better.  With millions of sharks being killed every year, the more we know about them and how they live, the more we can do about it.  I think the thing that amazed me the most about this book is the incredible detail in the illustrations.  The picture of the shark launching itself at a decoy seal is awe-inspiring to say the least. The illustrator also doesn't shy away from the brutality of a shark hunt showing the power of the hit, the blood in the water, and what it's like for the shark looking up at the seal from below. This book is bound to be a hit with any shark loving kid on the planet and a must have for libraries.

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