Surprising Sharks with Audio: Read, Listen, & Wonder Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-29 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings

" This book drew me in with the interesting page layout and awesome descriptions of animals. This book will enhance students interest in the subject and allow them to gather information from somewhere beside the text book. Students seem to enjoy learning from literature much more than flipping through a giant book. " said.

" I think this book is well written and illustration to get the interest of children. Well they are reading, they will be learning somethings that some may be interested in. Throughout the book, different sharks are mention and describe, this is a great book to use when you are talking about the different habits and the animals that live there. " said.

" This book is great fun to read, and it helps young kids think about that essential question: what makes a shark a shark? There are SO many different types of sharks, but Davies shows that it’s “the sharkish way they behave,” always on the hunt for food, and their keen senses that makes them unique among ocean animals. " said.

"Such a fun non-fiction book! A lot of kids love sharks, I did when I was younger! A lot of people see sharks as ruthless monsters and due to this, shark populations have been dramatically decreasing. This book is a good way to teach students or anyone really, all about sharks, what they do, where they live, what they eat, how they eat it and who they are. The illustrations do not portray the sharks as the monsters so many see them as and it is very refreshing. I would use this book in a marine life unit with students. Nonfiction. 2003." said.

"This is a really cute and informational book on sharks that kids can read to themselves or have read to them by a teacher. There are interesting facts written in smaller font throughout the pages so the reader can choose if he or she wants to read all of the facts. It's also very funny and the sharks are all drawn as cartoons. In my field placement I read this to a student, mostly focusing on the facts which are a little harder, as he read the general plot to me. It is definitely a good book to read in class and focuses on science and animals, which are not always discussed. " said.

"I bought this book for my son at the Oregon Coat Aquarium because he LOVES sharks. I like how this book teaches about different kind of sharks, in that aspect its educational, I also like learning about the anatomy of the sharks. What I don't like is they turn this book into something political. The writer mentions how sharks are being used for all sorts of things such as, cattle feed, fertilizer, skin cream, fish and chips, after shave, machine grease and many others. My son is little, he just wants to learn about sharks not the political BS. The parts of the book that didn't include this were good though, and the illustrations were vibrant. " said.

Grades K-4


Shark variety/diversity

The illustrations are created with acrylic and pastel.

Personal response:
The book is great to teach children about the variety of sharks in the water. It provides brief facts about all the different sharks mentioned in the book. It is illustrated in a cute and fun manner which makes it entertaining for children. It reads like a regular picture book instead of a non-fiction book crammed full of information.

Curricular or programming connections:
This book would be good for a science lesson about sharks.
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"Written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by James Croft, the work is a science text, storybook and environmental lesson all-in-one. Davies doesn't shy around the fact sharks are killers and humans are sometimes their prey but instead, turns this into a lesson about how we can educate ourselves about sharks. Any words too terrifying for little ones, such as "killer" or "bone-crunching" can easily be skipped.

The pages' fonts vary in size, and the illustrations are bright and colorful, making it extremely attractive to children. The overall effect is fun and light, not scary. The facts contained within are interesting, with charts of shark anatomy and tidbits about not-so-common sharks, like the Wobbegong, whose mottled skin resembles a carpet on the sea floor. Also detailed is how sharks are born, their feeding habits, and humans use sharks in every day products.
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