Monday, January 9, 2017

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming - OPTIONAL

Fleming, Candace  Giant Squid  Illustrated by Eric Rohmann  PICTURE BOOK  Neal Porter Book, 2016 (Roaring Brook Press).  $18.99  Content: G.  

This book explains what is known of the giant squid.  The information is presented with a lot of questions and the reader is often told that there isn’t a lot known about the giant squid.  What is known is that they squeeze their prey to death, have big eyes and use their 8 tentacles to catch food.  Little squid are born from an egg and start out at two inches long.  

This book feels mysterious and paints the squid as scary using words like a “terrifying tongue” and it “rips apart” its food.  The most informative and interesting part of the book is the back page spread that has a diagram of a squid and points out it’s body parts and functions.  The illustrations are dark and I kept wanting to see more.  I had a hard time with the monstrous description of the squid—just because we don’t know about something doesn’t make it a monster.  Would I want to come across one of these in the ocean? No.  I left with more questions than I started with.  

EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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