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Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands, by Katherine Roy

SharksNeighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands
Katherine Roy
2014 Roaring Books Press
ISBN – 9781596438743
Genre – Nonfiction, Picture Book
Age – Early Elementary, Elementary
4 Stars

The great white sharks love to eat seals, and there is a little island just off the coast of San Francisco where seals like to hang out. A few months out of every year, after the seals have been properly fattened up, the sharks come to feast. Katherine Roy tells the story of these sharks live especially relating to their prime feeding time, August through November. Roy not only talks about their eating habits, but she also explains the anatomy of these sharks, and what makes them so unique. She also explains a bit about how information is collected by scientists.

Aside from the excellent informational side of this book, the illustrations are incredibly beautiful! I loved how the first few pages of the book were very sparse in text, really building up what is an interesting topic. The middle is much more text heavy, but even when the text seems to use huge words that might be confusing, she includes illustrations that really help to show what she has written about. I also enjoyed that every page seems to leave you on a cliffhanger. It really made me want to keep reading. Then at the end, Roy goes back to the limited text and massive illustrations, making for a great conclusion. The is a great book for any young one interested in sharks! It also seems like a great book for a kid to grow into!


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