There is something fascinating about sharks, the wonderful, graceful and often misunderstood and misrepresented powerful ocean-dwellers who many children are keen to learn more about.
Shark is searching for a place to call home. But where is the perfect home? Is it amongst the African penguins and the cape fur seals? Could it be in the cold waters off the coast of Wales? What about with the lemon sharks in the mangroves? Or is the colourful Great Barrier Reef where shark belongs? Dive in to find out…
Sure to fascinate and delight, Dom Conlon’s poetic non-fiction narrative invites readers to follow Shark on an underwater adventure in the search for the perfect place to call home. Beautiful and magical, the imagined journey shows a blacktop reef shark heading off on its travels and at various locations readers are introduced to some wonderful watery worlds, marvellous marine life and incredible biodiverse habitats.
As Shark swims from Australia to Africa to Europe to America he sees penguins and seals, humpback whales and octopus, squid and dolphins, sea turtles and manta ray - ocean life is rich and long may it stay that way. And of course there are plenty of sharks; tiger, whitetip, angel, blue, hammerhead, basking and great whites.
Conlon lovingly expresses the journey in a rich language of similes, kennings, repetition, alliteration and rhyme, and all of this is vividly brought to life by Anastasia Izlesou’s mesmeric illustrations. Back-matter includes a map of Shark’s route, ‘Shark Facts’ and a sea-life glossary of some of the marine life that Shark encounters, all of this is wrapped in salmon pink, ocean-themed end-papers.
Upon finishing, children will know much about sharks and why they are so important to the eco-system and the delicate balance of ocean life. It is as impressive and as wonderful as the creatures that it is about.
With huge thanks to CSIRO Publishing for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 5+.