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Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands

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Up close with the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them—just thirty miles from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge!

A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean's largest and most famous predators. Each fall, while the city's inhabitants dine on steaks, salads, and sandwiches, the great white sharks return to California
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by David Macaulay Studio
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When you’re a librarian buying for your system, you come to understand that certain nonfiction topics are perennial favorites. You accept that no matter how many copies you buy, you will never have enough train or joke or magic books. And the king daddy topic to beat them all, the one that leaves a continual gaping hole in the Dewey Decimal area of 597.3 or so, is sharks. Kids can’t get enough of them. Heck, adults can’t get enough of them. Between Shark Week and movies like Sharknado, sharks ha ...more
Edward Sullivan
The story of the great white sharks who come to feed at the Farallon Islands near San Francisco and the scientists who study them is told in a fascinating, informative narrative and in spectacular, dramatic illustrations. An exceptional work of nonfiction.
In visually stunning illustrations and engaging text the author/illustrator provides an up close perspective on great white sharks. Because she spent time observing them in their fall feeding grounds 30 miles from San Francisco, she is able to create action-filled illustrations and detailed diagrams, all designed to give readers more appreciation for these powerful creatures. The book also allows readers to see what makes the great white shark such an efficient killing machine: its body, its blo ...more
Neighborhood Sharks is one of the most amazing nonfiction books I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot). The explosive cover illustration is stunning and will pull in any shark reader out there of any age. The author takes the time to not only tell the story of what a great white shark hunt is like, but she also details what makes them such incredible hunters, and what scientists are doing to try to understand and protect them better. With millions of sharks being killed every year, the more we kno ...more
My oldest was once a shark-obsessed Kindergartener--so I've read my share of shark books. But none like this one. I love that NEIGHBORHOOD SHARKS focuses on the great whites of California's Farallon Islands and tells their specific story. The way Roy plays with the juxtaposition of the these famed predators feasting just miles from their human neighbors in San Francisco makes for irresistible storytelling. This well-researched book unravels its information with perfect timing, drama and metaphor ...more
I finished this book for the #SharpSchu November Book Club, and wow! It's so full of amazing information and incredible art. The beginning opens up with suspense and tension as a shark approaches unsuspecting prey. It culminates in a shocking and wild two-page illustration of the shark getting the seal. What follows is lots of information and fascinating facts on sharks. I loved the diagram of the shark looking like an airplane as Roy explains how he has a perfect body for hunting. Great Author' ...more
Gary Anderson
The engaging text of Katherine Roy’s Neighborhood Sharks provides pretty much everything young readers could want to know about the white shark’s role in one California ecosystem. The drawings will keep shark fans coming back to this book and sharing it with each other as the sharks attack and devour their prey in dramatic, colorful two-page spreads.
Jessica Lahey
My new favorite picture book! The perfect gift for any kid who loves sharks, even younger kids, and because it has some amazing technical information about sharks' circulatory system and other bodily functions, older kids who love "How Things Work" will love it, too!
Rebecca Honeycutt
Dramatic, beautifully gory illustrations and genuinely fascinating facts, plus a healthy dollop of paranoia that sharks live closer to humans than some of us might think. Brilliant.

Give this one to bloodthirsty kiddos who wish every week was Shark Week.
A super interesting look at the great white shark population that resides for part of the year off the coast of San Fransisco. Full of great explanations about the anatomy of the shark. The illustrations are terrific and will engage young readers.
Sarah D'Arco
Fantastic illustrations and high quality non-fiction text make this a great addition to an elementary classroom library. Very engaging facts about sharks and different aspects of their biology that make them well suited to hunting.
Laura Phelps
Beautifully illustrated nonfiction; this starts out reading like a picture book, almost, and then evolves into narrative nonfiction, and then ends again feeling more like a picture book. Accessible and fascinating - the illustrations will draw in reluctant readers and there is plenty of information for shark-ophiles.
Karen Arendt
I loved the presentation of the text. Introducing the shark with a little text and full page illustrations, then progressing into smaller text on a two page spread focusing on one of the shark's features for finding prey. The short video on youtube about illustrating the book adds more depth to the illustrations.
This was awesome! Loved the illustrations. Information was great and in an easy format for kids to be interested. This will fly off the shelf!
Very engaging book about sharks off the coast of California. Great mentor text for organization of nonfiction for writing.
The artwork is astounding and far surpasses the writing, which is saying a lot because it's a solid kids' nonfiction title.
Lauren Soucy
Perfectly illustrated. The information and content are conveyed so beautifully in these gestural but realistic images.
Wow! This is high-quality nonfiction that is perfect for third grade researchers. Please write more, Ms. Roy!
Rhonda Jenkins
Fabulous illustrations really add to the nonfiction aspect of this book!
Mary Ann
Absolutely terrific in so many ways. Full review to come.
nice diagrams. told like a story
Nov 06, 2014 Raina marked it as to-read
Gah dibs SRP 2015!
Gorgeous. Interesting. Slightly off putting. I am in love with this story of the Great Whites off the coast of San Fran. It's told in a matter of fact style but feels so respectful of the sharks. Not at all sensationalizing their predatory nature.
Mrs. Knott
Fascinating account of how the great white shark returns to the Farallon Islands, just 30 miles outside of San Francisco each fall to feed on the elephant seal that lives there. Roy does a great job detailing the advantages the shark has and uses to hunt its prey. The illustrations are amazing and there is a lot of information in them. Great endnotes.
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From Ali:
Holy cow, this book is full of gross, bloody shark mouths! I actually learned a lot about great white sharks, and their habitat, which was fascinating, but I think the illustrations are what’s really going to draw kids in. ****

From Saffron:
Illustrations are amazing; I am glad I am not a seal! ****
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Katherine Roy loves science, history, and big adventures, and is endlessly fascinated by the way things live. Neighborhood Sharks Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands is the first book that she has both written and illustrated. Katherine is also the illustrator of The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon series by S.S. Taylor and Buried Beneath Us by Ant ...more
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