cover image Curious Critters: Marine

Curious Critters: Marine

David FitzSimmons. Wild Iris (IPG, dist.), $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-936607-72-3

In his third Curious Critters book, FitzSimmons pairs breathtakingly detailed photographs of 20 aquatic creatures with offbeat accounts of the animals’ lives, which take the form of poems, songs, and first-person monologues. A translucent hooded nudibranch looks more mushroom than mollusk as the sea slug raves about its fashion sense (“From my sheer dress to my eye-catching hat, I’m nothing but flair and finesse”); a starfish describes itself to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” (“Tough and bendy is my skin./ That’s my exoskeleton”). From a wisecracking sea cucumber to a frogfish trying to hide its predatory nature, FitzSimmons offers a cheeky guide to the sea’s odder denizens. Ages 3–up. (Apr.)