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by Nicola Davies & illustrated by James Croft

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7636-2185-4
Publisher: Candlewick

Rarely do author and illustrator complement each other as perfectly as in this undersea jewel. Davies, a zoologist who often writes about the sea, uses humor and a touch of child-friendly whimsy to convey a lot of sound scientific knowledge about this ancient type of animal. “Who would expect a shark to . . . have built-in fairy lights . . . or blow up like a party balloon . . . or lie on the sea floor like a scrap of old carpet?” She crafts a true storyline—what makes sharks sharks?—and carries it through to the end. Croft’s lavish acrylics add vibrant color, personable fish, and anatomic detail. Layout and type design enhance the illustrations; the package can’t be beat. Surprising, indeed. (Junior Library Guild Selection) (Nonfiction. 5-8)