A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
No blood, but one illustration shows several sharks biting into a tuna. The sharp teeth may frighten sensitive kids.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Reproduction is discussed briefly, and an illustration shows a baby shark emerging from its mother's womb.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the book counters the more gruesome aspects of sharks by addressing how scientists study sharks, and the fact that sharks may become endangered.
Is It Any Good?
This book is a brief overview of shark behavior and characteristics, and it will appeal to casual young readers. What child doesn't want to read about sharks -- especially after viewing the cover illustration of a great white shark's jaws agape, ready to grab its next meal? Shark-related terms are defined in the text, which is generally clear and understandable.
The author includes topics likely to appeal to children, including how sharks locate their prey, the structure of their teeth and jaws, and the potential for shark attacks on a humans. The more gruesome aspects of sharks are countered by addressing how scientists study sharks, and the fact that sharks may become endangered. Attractive, clear illustrations show sharks swimming, attacking prey, and resting on the sea floor.
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