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)