Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter

Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter

For over 400 million years, sharks have been the ocean's top predator! They're vital to our ecosystem, but their importance is often overshadowed by our own fear—even though they hardly ever threaten humans.Dive in for an intimate look at the dynamic hammerhead, infamous great white, primordial megalodon, and the gentle nurse shark, the rare species that will let a scuba d...

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Title:Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter
Author:Joe Flood
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Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter Reviews

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I love the Science Comics series. I was amazed at the amount of information contained in this graphic novel. Not only were there a lot of facts presented, there were also some great illustrations. There were many facts, information about different species and some history about evolution that I learned from reading this book. The graphic novel layout was appealing and skillfully done so that information was both pictorially and textually available. I can imagine using this resource with reluctan

    I love the Science Comics series. I was amazed at the amount of information contained in this graphic novel. Not only were there a lot of facts presented, there were also some great illustrations. There were many facts, information about different species and some history about evolution that I learned from reading this book. The graphic novel layout was appealing and skillfully done so that information was both pictorially and textually available. I can imagine using this resource with reluctant readers as the pictures would draw one in with their dramatic presentation and encourage the reader to find out more. The non-fiction narrative is tied together with a story about a fictional group of shark seekers, which leads into a discussion about the bad rap sharks have gotten over the years. The classic movie Jaws kicked off shark paranoia back in the mid-1970s. The book talks about most shark bites being accidental, as humans are not a normal food source and they really do not like the taste of us. Readers get a history of sharks from the prehistoric era until the present, with a look at shark physiology. migration patterns, variety, and eating habits. The book also contains a shark family tree and a glossary of terms. Overall a great book for those reluctant readers and those interested in sharks. This book will definitely whet their appetite for further research and information. A wonderful addition to a school, classroom, public or family library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  • Amy

    As someone who has an irrational fear of sharks, this book was both illuminating and challenging. I learned so much more about sharks than I could have imagined, and found myself challenged to think about sharks with perhaps more information and less fear. The graphic/comic layout was appealing and skillfully done so that information was both pictorially and textually available. I can imagine using this resource with reluctant readers as the pictures would draw one in with their dramatic present

    As someone who has an irrational fear of sharks, this book was both illuminating and challenging. I learned so much more about sharks than I could have imagined, and found myself challenged to think about sharks with perhaps more information and less fear. The graphic/comic layout was appealing and skillfully done so that information was both pictorially and textually available. I can imagine using this resource with reluctant readers as the pictures would draw one in with their dramatic presentation and encourage the reader to find out more. As the parent of a "squeamish" child, the drawings are technically accurate and engaging while remaining comfortable for the reader with less graphic sensibilities. This book will be a great addition to a classroom science unit or for the budding scientist in any household.

    Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this digital ARC in return for a fair and honest review.

  • Jeimy

    This is my first book from the Science Comics series, but it won't be the last. It is comprehensive, but presented in just the right way to keep young readers engaged.

  • Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)

    As someone who has been fascinated with sharks for the better part of her life, this book was a very enlightening read. As a mother who has a child that is obsessed with sharks, this was not only a great read - but priceless time spent with her son, reading and learning about something together. I thought I knew a decent amount of information when it came to sharks, then I read this book and felt as though I knew absolutely nothing going into the first few pages. This book is chock full of infor

    As someone who has been fascinated with sharks for the better part of her life, this book was a very enlightening read. As a mother who has a child that is obsessed with sharks, this was not only a great read - but priceless time spent with her son, reading and learning about something together. I thought I knew a decent amount of information when it came to sharks, then I read this book and felt as though I knew absolutely nothing going into the first few pages. This book is chock full of information on sharks, different species, evolution, etc. My son is five, so it was definitely a little too much for him to read. However, the beautiful illustrations kept his attention well on its own when I was busy - and the information was just as captivating when I was able to read this to him. I could see an older child with an inquisitive mind spending a lot of time with this book - maybe even using as a reference to impress his friends with all of his shark knowledge. For teaching, this would definitely be a hit to use for a unit study. I'd recommend this to parents and teachers alike.

  • Rosemary

    Science Comics has a one-two punch in March and April, first with Robots & Drones, next with Sharks. Kids LOVE sharks. The introduction nails it with its opening line: "Lots of kids, including many of you who are reading this book, go through an 'I love sharks' phase." Shark books move off my shelves faster than just about any animal, tied only by dinosaurs (and we've already got a Science Comic on them), so this book should be going in your cart, sight unseen. But since that's not what I do

    Science Comics has a one-two punch in March and April, first with Robots & Drones, next with Sharks. Kids LOVE sharks. The introduction nails it with its opening line: "Lots of kids, including many of you who are reading this book, go through an 'I love sharks' phase." Shark books move off my shelves faster than just about any animal, tied only by dinosaurs (and we've already got a Science Comic on them), so this book should be going in your cart, sight unseen. But since that's not what I do - and because I still do love sharks - here's a bit more to whet your shark appetites.

    The nonfiction narrative is tied together with a story about a fictional group of shark seekers, which leads into a discussion about the bad rap sharks have gotten over the years. The classic movie Jaws kicked off shark paranoia back in the mid-1970s, and that's explored here, as is the fact that Jaws author Peter Benchley became a passionate shark conservationist in the aftermath of his book and subsequent movie.

    Readers get a history of sharks from the prehistoric era until the present, with a look at shark physiology. migration patterns, variety, and eating habits. Spoiler alert: we don't taste very good to them, and any biting is purely accidental. We also get a peek at the one sea animal that can take down even a great white... and it ain't man. A shark family tree, glossary of terms, and a more accurate clarification of how to phrase shark incidents (the section's called "Don't Say 'Shark Attack'").

    As I was writing this review up, one of my library kids peeked over my shoulder and saw the page scans. When I told him Sharks was coming out in April, he yelped, "Are you kidding me?!" which just goes to show you, Science Comics: Sharks is going to be a hit. I may have to order two copies.

  • Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher ---

    For over 400 million years, sharks have been the ocean's top predator! They're vital to our ecosystem, but their importance is often overshadowed by our own fear—even though they hardly ever threaten humans.

    Dive in for an intimate look at the dynamic hammerhead, infamous great white, primordial megalodon, and the gentle nurse shark, the rare species that will let a scuba

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher ---

    For over 400 million years, sharks have been the ocean's top predator! They're vital to our ecosystem, but their importance is often overshadowed by our own fear—even though they hardly ever threaten humans.

    Dive in for an intimate look at the dynamic hammerhead, infamous great white, primordial megalodon, and the gentle nurse shark, the rare species that will let a scuba diver pet them! This book is filled to the gills with jaw-dropping illustrations and razor-sharp facts that shed light on these fascinating creatures of the deep, including their undersea terrain, cunning adaptability, and staggering variety.

    Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!

    I saw what I THOUGHT was a shark on my honeymoon (it was dolphins. In New Jersey. Who knew that dolphins could be so far north?) and was struck dumb with terror … Jaws was a terrifying movie for me as I was ten years old. So, now I know that sharks are not all horrible, scary cratures and that they are quite fascinating to kids of all ages!

    (There is a whole series of books in the “Science Comics” series – everything from Plagues to The Solar system – they all look wonderful and I have every intention of buying the ENTIRE series – past, present and future – for our library.)

  • Janie G

    I’m a huge fan of the Science Comics series, they are fun and packed with information. I always learn something new from these books even though they are meant for kids! The subtle humor and easy to read format make these books great for reluctant readers and perfect for classrooms.

    Sharks is full of fascinating information, it helps to dispell the idea that sharks are terrifying man-eating monsters (although the text still occasionally refers to them as monsters), but instead represents them as

    I’m a huge fan of the Science Comics series, they are fun and packed with information. I always learn something new from these books even though they are meant for kids! The subtle humor and easy to read format make these books great for reluctant readers and perfect for classrooms.

    Sharks is full of fascinating information, it helps to dispell the idea that sharks are terrifying man-eating monsters (although the text still occasionally refers to them as monsters), but instead represents them as fascinating, highly-developed hunting machines. The book focuses on shark abilities and anatomy, their huge variations, and human impact on their world and survival, but I’m surprised that the book doesn’t mention shark researchers (we are totally obsessed with Eugenie Clark at our house!).

    I received a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGalley.

  • Suzanne

    One of the most often visited sections in an elementary school library is that which holds the books on sharks. Young readers are fascinated with these sea creatures in all their various forms. So I can easily predict that the latest Science Comics title will see high circulation rates and probably need replacement quite quickly.

    The book begins with an introduction by marine conservation biologist, Dr. David Shiffman. He tells of his own fascination with sharks and his appreciation for the book

    One of the most often visited sections in an elementary school library is that which holds the books on sharks. Young readers are fascinated with these sea creatures in all their various forms. So I can easily predict that the latest Science Comics title will see high circulation rates and probably need replacement quite quickly.

    The book begins with an introduction by marine conservation biologist, Dr. David Shiffman. He tells of his own fascination with sharks and his appreciation for the book and its contents. The book itself is filled with diagrams and images of the different species of sharks. One scene which will make adults grin in recognition shows a man tossing chum and a shark rising out of the water just as it happened in the movie "Jaws." Other pages show a series of creatures from various time periods all declining to swim in the ocean because there are sharks in there.

    There are incredible facts such as, you are "more likely to be hospitalized for being struck by lightning...than for getting injured by a shark." The part that sharks play in the complex ocean food webs, the range of their sizes (from fitting in the palm of your hand to whale proportions), and pages showing the various orders of sharks within the Superorder Selachimorpha will satisfy those thirsty for details.

    The images and text work well together to illustrate the amazing range of adaptations sharks have developed since their first ancestors appeared (an estimated 400 million years ago). With over 500 species, there are many opportunities for variation. Some species have phosphorescence. Thresher sharks use their tails as whips to stun their prey. Some species like the mako are even warm-blooded. One ability that will captivate readers who enjoy the gross and gruesome shows a shark turning its stomach inside out to expel what it cannot digest.

    Folk lore and pop culture are also included. The Hawaiian legends of shapechanging shark gods, movies such as "Jaws," and the popularity of shark fin soup are all covered. Historic events like the early twentieth century shark attacks (covered in one of the I Survived books by Lauren Tarshis), as well as the more recent survivor story of Bethany Hamilton are also discussed.

    Back matter includes a large spread showing the shark family tree, a glossary, and suggested phrases to use instead of the vilifying "shark attack." At the bottom of the glossary pages are illustrations of various shark egg cases (a.k.a. mermaid's purses).

    Highly recommended for elementary and middle grade readers who enjoy nonfiction and books about animals.

    I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Kirsteen

    This was an interesting book. It is a fact book about sharks in the style of a comic book- no photos all drawings. Personally as a teacher, I prefer the traditional fact-file style book as they are clear and useful when teaching children new genres. However, I can imagine certain children loving this style.

    It's colourful with lots of types of sharks in drawings. The information is 'bite-sized' because it is in windows of the comics. It is a little tricky to know where to read first as there is a

    This was an interesting book. It is a fact book about sharks in the style of a comic book- no photos all drawings. Personally as a teacher, I prefer the traditional fact-file style book as they are clear and useful when teaching children new genres. However, I can imagine certain children loving this style.

    It's colourful with lots of types of sharks in drawings. The information is 'bite-sized' because it is in windows of the comics. It is a little tricky to know where to read first as there is a lot on each page but I can imagine this will be a hit with ten year olds during silent reading. It's one you can dip in and out of again. Horrible science fans will probably enjoy this addition to their bookshelf

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