By Author / Illustrator
Dr Nick Crumpton, Gavin Scott
Nosy Crow Ltd
Shark fans will quickly become shark experts with this informative, inventive and entertaining take on an animal book!
Do you know all there is to know about sharks? They're all giant, cold-blooded creatures that enjoy eating humans, right? Well, this book is here to show you that you're WRONG! But don't worry, But don't worry, even the experts can't be right all the time..... So, let's uncover the truth! From terrifying teeth to brilliant brain power, discover how everything you think you know about sharks is actually untrue in this in-depth, ingenious book.
With fascinating, friendly and easy-to-understand text written by zoologist Dr. Nick Crumpton and amazingly detailed colour artwork on every page, this beautifully produced hardback gift book with an stunning tactile cover will impress shark fans of any age.
All sharks are huge, ancient, solitary, killing machines who hunt their prey near tropical beaches…right? Wrong! There are pygmy sharks smaller than a classroom ruler, white tip reef sharks work together to hunt, sharks that live in the ocean depths, and new species of shark were found as recently as 2020.
There are over 500 species of shark that we know about, and this fascinating book explores their lives; from where they live, to how they breath. They may have a bad reputation but this book, which celebrates Shark Week 2023, highlights how important sharks are.
With bite-size chunks of easy-to-understand text, and wonderfully detailed images on every page, Everything You Know About Sharks is Wrong! is accessible to a huge range of ages. My 7-year-old daughter was wowed by the variety and diversity found in the shark world, and I (a 30-something-year-old woman) was impressed with the facts and statistics. We would recommend this to everyone, let's all become shark experts!
64 pages / Reviewed by Jemma Jeffrey, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 7+
A great book for shark enthusiasts! Everything You Know About Sharks Is Wrong is jam packed with facts and information about sharks, including their evolution, their purpose, how they reproduce, their relationships with other animals and the reality of how dangerous they actually are.
There's a useful contents page at the beginning to help children to navigate to the pages they're interested in as well as an index and glossary at the back. Each page is packed with information so it may be a little overwhelming for younger readers but there are some fantastic illustrations which help to bring the facts to life a little more.
For good readers, there is ample information to get their teeth stuck into and learn about. In my opinion, it could be improved and made much more accessible to less able readers simply by isolating some of the key facts into pop out boxes on each page. This would open the book up to younger readers who are keen to learn but aren't yet able to tackle such detailed texts, which include quite complex language.
That being said, I think it's a great book for the target audience and I'm sure many children will get a great deal out of reading it!
64 pages / Reviewed by Lucy Hopkins, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 7+