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THE TRUTH ABOUT DANGEROUS SEA CREATURES by Mary M. Cerullo

THE TRUTH ABOUT DANGEROUS SEA CREATURES

By Mary M. Cerullo (Author) , Michael Wertz (Illustrator) , Jeffrey L. Rotman (Photographer)

Age Range: 8 - 10

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-8118-4050-6
Publisher: Chronicle

Oceanographer Cerullo provides a potpourri of odd facts about 25 sea creatures, including lionfish, giant octopus, jellies, stingrays, and tiger sharks. While many of the full-color underwater photos are appealing, the busy format detracts. Each double-page spread includes several paragraphs of text against a brightly colored background, photos, and banal cartoon-like line drawings. Photos cropped and dropped into the layout in a variety of boxes and bubbles offer no information on the size of creatures shown, so the reader is not sure whether the sea snake is larger than a moray eel, or whether a grouper is actually four times the size of a human diver. The author concludes with “helpful hints.” If you get injured exploring the ocean, for instance, she suggests calling “a doctor or poison control center.” Hardly earth-shattering. (glossary, further reading, Web sites, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)