April 26, 2021

#BookReview: Are You Smarter Than...A Shark? by David George Gordon

Synopsis: People once thought that sharks weren’t very smart. It turns out those people were WRONG! Wise-cracking sharks set the record straight in this funny, fact-filled book for young shark lovers.

Sharks have their own way of thinking. And their way of thinking has made them one of the top predators in the ocean. Sharks can sniff out injured animals over great distances. As hunters, they use their special electro-sense to zero in on hidden prey. They have taste buds in their razor-sharp teeth. And, like people, sharks are playful and curious, and they can learn and remember.
In Are You Smarter Than...A Shark?discover what makes a shark a shark, and what makes them different from other fish. Learn about countershading, mermaid’s purses, dermal denticles, and more. Explore a shark’s watery world and meet their finny friends and weird relatives.

Five “Test Your Shark Smarts” activities let you test your senses against a shark’s senses. Can you identify a secret ingredient through smell alone? Is your hearing better above or below water? How do your teeth compare to those of different sharks? Who would win a tasting contest?

Best yet, Are You Smarter Than...A Shark? has humor. Punny jokesand cartoon illustrations, along with robust information, make this a book you’ll want to dive into again and again.


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My Review: Such an adorable book! If you have a young shark lover in your life this is the perfect book for them. It is educational and fun. There was something on every page that made me laugh. I adore the illustrations in this book! I also loved the fun activities that are included so that the kids can test their senses like a shark. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 2–4—Gordon and Lynch use humor and science to teach readers about sharks. The text is filled with facts that describe physical features, diet, senses, intellect, common shark varieties, and geographic locations. For example, sharks do not have bones. Their skeletons are made of cartilage. To make the facts easy to follow, comparisons between humans and other creatures clarify a shark's abilities. The silly jokes will appeal to children and help them understand the concepts. There is an abundance of data that will be useful in writing assignments and reports. A glossary, list of organizations that keep sharks safe, and further information are included. Source notes are not featured. VERDICT This solid resource is useful for children who need a little humor to help absorb the science.—Nancy Call, formerly at Santa Cruz P.L., Aptos, CA

About the Author

David George Gordon is the award-wining author of twenty books on topics that range from watching gray whales and bald eagles to appreciating cockroaches, coral reef fishes, and geoduck clams. He has been featured in Ripley's Believe It or NotNational Geographic KidsThe Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine. He's been a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, ABC's Nightline, and The View. As a bug chef, he has performed at the Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, and Singapore's Food Fest. Gordon lives in Seattle with his wife and their pet tarantula, Wes.

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