Please Be Nice to Sharks: Fascinating Facts About the Ocean’s Most Misunderstood Creatures

Matt Weiss, photos by Matt Weiss and Daniel Botelho. Sterling, $12.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4549-1748-9
This modest overview of 15 types of sharks (including a manta ray “cousin”) suggests that the creatures aren’t as scary and ferocious as people might think. In a serious-minded introduction, Weiss points out that shark populations are rapidly declining, in part because of human hunting. The rest of the book strikes a more casual tone as the various sharks introduce themselves in friendly-as-can-be first-person narratives (“What’s up? I’m a scalloped hammerhead shark. I’m named for my funky-shaped head that also gives me incredible 360-degree vision to find my food”). The clear, full-color photographs and chatty narration provide just enough details to hook younger readers, though the recurring pleas to “please be nice to us!” start to get repetitive. Ages 6–10. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/30/2016
Release date: 06/01/2016
Genre: Children's
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