A distinct and refreshing change of pace from the usual melodramatic shark fare.

SHARKS HAVE SIX SENSES

Paper-collage portraits with only an occasional flash of jagged dentifrice illustrate this appreciative description of how sharks use their extraordinarily sharp senses to find prey.

In Common Core–friendly fashion, an incomplete portrait gallery (“Just some of the sharks you’ll meet in this book!”) opens, and a true/false quiz closes, this Level 2 entry in the venerable Let’s Read and Find Out series. Following a brief lead-in scenario, Waters explains how each sense—smell, hearing, sight, taste, a particularly sensitive “distant touch” and finally electroreception—helps the predators locate fleeing, hiding or injured fish. Barner pairs views of a dozen sharks (each attended by a label) rendered with simplified markings and, usually, closed mouths cruising through a variety of open, brightly colored marine settings. Only the hammerhead is shown eating, and that from a top view so that its mouth cannot be seen. Ruminative readers may have trouble buying the author’s “common sense” argument that sharks seldom attack people because they “know that people don’t live in their world,” but his twin messages that they are both fascinating creatures and, in many cases, at risk from pollution and other human activity will likely be taken to heart.

A distinct and refreshing change of pace from the usual melodramatic shark fare. (glossary, websites) (Informational picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: May 12, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-06-028140-3

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2015

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A lesson that never grows old, enacted with verve by two favorite friends

WAITING IS NOT EASY!

From the Elephant & Piggie series

Gerald the elephant learns a truth familiar to every preschooler—heck, every human: “Waiting is not easy!”

When Piggie cartwheels up to Gerald announcing that she has a surprise for him, Gerald is less than pleased to learn that the “surprise is a surprise.” Gerald pumps Piggie for information (it’s big, it’s pretty, and they can share it), but Piggie holds fast on this basic principle: Gerald will have to wait. Gerald lets out an almighty “GROAN!” Variations on this basic exchange occur throughout the day; Gerald pleads, Piggie insists they must wait; Gerald groans. As the day turns to twilight (signaled by the backgrounds that darken from mauve to gray to charcoal), Gerald gets grumpy. “WE HAVE WASTED THE WHOLE DAY!…And for WHAT!?” Piggie then gestures up to the Milky Way, which an awed Gerald acknowledges “was worth the wait.” Willems relies even more than usual on the slightest of changes in posture, layout and typography, as two waiting figures can’t help but be pretty static. At one point, Piggie assumes the lotus position, infuriating Gerald. Most amusingly, Gerald’s elephantine groans assume weighty physicality in spread-filling speech bubbles that knock Piggie to the ground. And the spectacular, photo-collaged images of the Milky Way that dwarf the two friends makes it clear that it was indeed worth the wait.

A lesson that never grows old, enacted with verve by two favorite friends . (Early reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 4, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4231-9957-1

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: Nov. 5, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2014

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Readers who (inexplicably) find David Lawrence’s Pickle and Penguin (2004) just too weird may settle in more comfortably...

LOST AND FOUND

A lad finds a penguin on his doorstep and resolutely sets out to return it in this briefly told import. 

Eventually, he ends up rowing it all the way back to Antarctica, braving waves and storms, filling in the time by telling it stories. But then, feeling lonely after he drops his silent charge off, he belatedly realizes that it was probably lonely too, and turns back to find it. Seeing Jeffers’s small, distant figures in wide, simply brushed land- and sea-scapes, young viewers will probably cotton to the penguin’s feelings before the boy himself does—but all’s well that ends well, and the reunited companions are last seen adrift together in the wide blue sea. 

Readers who (inexplicably) find David Lawrence’s Pickle and Penguin (2004) just too weird may settle in more comfortably with this—slightly—less offbeat friendship tale. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2006

ISBN: 0-399-24503-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Philomel

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2005

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