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THE TRUTH ABOUT DANGEROUS SEA CREATURES by Mary M. Cerullo

THE TRUTH ABOUT DANGEROUS SEA CREATURES

by Mary M. Cerullo, illustrated by Michael Wertz, photographed by Jeffrey L. Rotman

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)