When something is awesome, you feel respect, fear, and wonder. . .Most of us feel this way about sharks--a little scared, but wry curious"" begins this sensible book that does exactly what it sets out to do: to satisfy that curiosity with fascinating, well-organized facts and allay unreasonable fears while pointing out which sharks really can present a danger, and under what circumstances. The illustrations are simple and clear, and without falling into the sensationalism that often mars books on this popular topic, they maintain interest with their choice of subjects: a diver-scientist in a sharkproof cage; another hitching a ride on the fin of the harmless whale shark; comparisons of the teeth of some of the 350 species, many of which are also illustrated. An excellent introduction that packs in a lot of information.