Prepare to have everything you thought you knew about sharks questioned in this fin-tastic deep dive.
Sharks have been around for millions of years and during that time they have amassed what is quite possibly the worst reputation of any animal on the planet. Terrifying murderers, villains of the ocean, deadly meat-eaters intent on chomping on anything that swims within a snouts distance - including the odd human if they dare venture into a sharks’ watery domain. But is this rather scary reputation warranted? Or is everything you know about sharks WRONG? Prepare to get up close and personal, not with a group of deadly, uncompromising beasts but with some of the most interesting and misunderstood animals not just in the ocean, but on Earth…
Let’s face it, sharks have a bad reputation. The only time they get the limelight is either on the evening news when yet another ocean-dweller has been gnawed on by a hungry shark or when they are being portrayed in the movies as ravenous monsters that prey on humans. Note - cows killed more people in the USA than sharks did globally in 2021; and you shouldn’t believe everything you see on the big screen - filmmakers thrive on the make believe.
Everything You Know About Sharks is Wrong! is a superbly entertaining and brilliantly educational non-fiction read that questions misunderstandings, challenges myths and debunks the lies in a jaw-some underwear adventure. Rather than believing the rhetoric that sharks are deadly and out to get us, you can find out how unbelievably cool and important these magnificent creatures are thanks to the expert knowledge of zoologist Dr. Nick Crumpton and the stunning artwork of Gavin Scott, a guy whose passion for the natural world leaps off every page.
Animal-lovers and shark-fans will love this one as they quickly become experts in all things sharky in this fascinating read. With detailed, eye-catching artwork and accessible text, readers will be racing through the pages faster than a Great White can gobble up a surfer (joking - no people are eaten here, why on Earth would a shark want to eat a soft-skinned morsel when they have the world’s greatest underwater buffet at their disposable?). With shark-infested pages full of information, fun facts and all kinds of quirky trivia, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into in this brilliant shark-fest.
As you swim through the colourful spreads, each led by a bold statement and an accompanying ‘WRONG!’ stamp, you’ll come to learn that no-fin compares to a shark, they are incredibly so-fish-dicated and rather than the baddies of the sea - as they are often portrayed - they are essential to maintaining balance in the oceans. From feeding to habitat, teeth to movement, appearance to purpose, speed to intelligence, breeding to evolution, there’s so much to get kids excited and talking about sharks. Sharing just a few of the facts learnt will aid in redressing perceptions and ensuring a brighter outlook for our marine neighbours.
Crammed with knowledge, it will hopefully serve a much wider purpose and encourage future generations to take action. Sharks need our help but the sad truth is that people only really help animals that they like - polar bears, pandas, koalas, elephants and all those other animal favourites, I’m looking at you. Dr. Nick presents a compelling case as to why the reputation of sharks needs to be better understood. Crumpton wants future generations to ‘love sharks, care about them, campaign for them, and SAVE them!’ Are you up for the challenge? Together, we can ensure the future of these sophisticated, fascinating and beautiful creatures. Who knows, this might provide the inspiration for the next Eugenie Clark
Non-fiction at its absolute riveting best!
Recommended for 8+.
With huge thanks to Nosy Crow and Allen & Unwin for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.