Monday, December 5, 2016

Nonfiction Monday: Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

The story begins with mysterious tentacles slowly slithering up the page as the book muses over the mystery of the creatures we call Giant Squid. The book reads like a story, strong narrative text telling the story of a hungry squid searching for prey, of its strange and fearsome anatomy. There are many questions - how does it breed? Why does it change color? In a cloud of ink and a swirl of tentatacles on a folded out spread, we see the squid one more time and is gone.

Rohmann's dark and mysterious pictures are a marvelous complement to Fleming's poetic text and both introduce readers to the few things known about the giant squid as well as its many mysterious aspects.

Back matter includes a detailed diagram of a squid, an author's note with more information, and an extensive bibliography.

Verdict: A stunning and eye-catching book about a mysterious creature, this title is sure to be a hit in storytimes and on the shelf. Highly recommended.

ISBN: 9781596435995; Published 2016 by Roaring Brook; Purchased for the library

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