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Surprising Sharks

(Read, Listen and Wonder)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Why does a swell shark blow up like a party balloon? What does a lantern shark use its built-in lights for? Full of fun facts, here’s a surprising book about sharks that kids can really get their teeth into.

"SHAAAARRRKK!" That’s probably the last word anyone wants to hear while swimming in the warm blue sea. But most sharks aren’t at all what people expect. In fact, those
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 14th 2003 by Candlewick (first published 2003)
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Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidstuff, fins-r-us

Learnin' about sharks has never been so fun.

Did you know that:

- Sharks have been on Earth for 300 million years.

- The Dwarf Lantern shark is the size of a candy bar.

- Hammerhead sharks have nostrils as well as eyes on the ends of their "hammers."

- A shark can have up to 3,000 teeth. When one tooth wears out, another moves up to take its place. One shark can burn through 20,000 teeth in a lifetime.

- More people are killed each year by crocodiles,
Callie Rose Tyler
Wow, I'm not a shark person but I really enjoyed this non-fiction picture book. This is one of those books that can be read out loud at storytime and still has tons of interesting facts. By following the large bold text and picking and choosing what small print to share you can tailor is book to almost any age group. You can present the story and maybe have some kids interested in bringing it home for a closer look.
Bronwyn Marrison
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Makes me really want to help sharks from getting hunted in the ocean by humans and making us feel less scared of sharks! Overall, really enjoyed reading this!
Jane Scholey
I love a shark. And this book is chock full of brilliant shark stuff. A real fave in my book corner.
Anna-Kate Davies
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This quite a funny book and makes sharks seem a lot less scary than we know them to be. It also states some facts about humans killing many more sharks than they do us and gets you thinking about the impact humans have on them rather that the other way around. I think KS1 and maybe lower KS2 would find it very funny but at the same time very interesting and would be quite enthusiastic about it. I also feel like it maybe something they could become quite passionate about and want to help them, in ...more
This is a very interesting and fun book which really will surprise you! Shorter than A4 in height but slightly wider this picture book is filled with lots of thick and colourful glossy pages with some great images and text. ‘Surprising Sharks’ is all about the world of sharks and is a great way of introducing kids to these fascinating creatures. Being part of the Nature Storybooks series the book is actually a non-fiction and contains lots of interesting facts and fun pictures.

The book begins by
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When someone talks about sharks to children, they most often think of big scary sharks that eat people. This book introduces young readers to many different species of shark, both big and small, and shows that there is more to sharks than pointy teeth and scary movies.

This is book is really colourful, full of illustrations and even includes some cool diagrams of sharks and their anatomy. It also cleverly handles a sensitive topic - that actually humans kill more sharks than sharks probably skill
Ashley B.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was so cute. I loved the pictures and graphics and the fonts. The book had great information about sharks and how they live. The pictures at the front and back of the book show the different types of sharks and how big they are. There are small sharks and big sharks and all sorts of sharks in between. There are pictures of the make-up of sharks and also how they survive. I loved how at the end the book shares how sharks only kill 6 people a year whereas humans kill 100 ...more
Rachel Smith
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can’t count the number of little boys I’ve met (and girls!) who are fascinated by sharks. This would be great for any classroom, but especially a K-2 in which there are some shark-lovers. But the best part about this book is how it helps readers recognize that sharks are not nearly the threat they are frequently perceived as, and are actually threatened themselves. It is great for students to be exposed like these early-on so they have a more realistic perspective on animals and their ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, children
What a brilliant factual book. I have never learned so much about a species of animal in so short a space of time.
It's like a two-tier book too. You can read the large text to get the gist of the page but then go into more detail with the smaller text ... and it is all relevant, interesting, and most of it is new to me.
The pictures / illustrations are bright and colourful and will engage children form the inset.

Informational Book

This books allows readers to learn about many different kinds of sharks in a fun and cute way. There are tons of pictures that allow readers to visually see how many different sizes and shapes sharks can be. It also allows the reader to learn about all the different parts and fins sharks have and what the are used for. Over 100 million sharks are killed per year by humans.
Lauri Meyers
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author is a zoologist. This book does a particularly good job comparing the types of Sharks -little to Big - and sharing some surprising kinds. I liked the “outside” anatomy spread and “inside” anatomy spread to share the features sharks have in common.
Opens with the word Shark! As being scary to a human and ends with the word Human! Being scary to a shark. Candlewick, 2003)
Timothy Farring
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think this book could be added into a biology unit about the ocean, maybe have this along side books about marine mammals and other fish.
I think that the information given in this book was very insightful and would add nicely to many different educational ventures
I think that the art used was kind of silly and fun which will help keep students engaged.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy finding an interesting non-fiction book that makes for an entertaining read-aloud! I do wish, however, that the pictures were photographs instead of drawings, as I find that that's what kids want when reading a non-fiction book.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of great facts about sharks, perfect for an early elementary read-aloud.
Kayla Asher
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
definitely niche book for that type of kids who wants to know everything about sharks etc. not really for esl kids. all the info wore them out.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Had to read something for Shark Week! Interesting book with two levels of text. Great for a growing reader interested in sharks.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot about sharks, which is awesome!
Adeline Gravell
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an informative book about all the different sharks we have. The book is very bright, colourful and engaging. Would recommend for children researching the ocean.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
August 2017 - Ben is totally fascinated by this book - we've read it two nights in a row, and he has lots of questions about the names of different sharks and what's happening in the pictures.
Erica Flory
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
interesting facts
Jenna Mills
Fun and informative
Tara Dryml
This book is just about the many different and surprising kinds of sharks such as dwarf lantern sharks and all the many different and weird shaped sharks as well.
Savannah Domeyer
This book has some interesting facts about sharks. From the smallest shark, dwarf lantern shark, to different or weird shaped sharks, cookie-cutter sharks.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, non-fiction
Great information and colorful illustrations show different kinds of sharks and informs the reader, that not all sharks at giant killers.

More sharks are killed by humans than the other way around. An awesome book for young shark lovers.
Zack Rodgers
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A very informative book about sharks, with a twist at the end. It gives some history on sharks, but then talks about how much humans threaten sharks. A great book for a climate change/conservation related lesson in the classroom.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great facts about sharks for boys (and girls that like interesting facts, like me).
Gregory Walters
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It is commonly stated that boys like nonfiction. They love trivia such as what appears in the annual editions of the Guinness Book of Records and Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. They will study sports stats and videogame manuals. And if it's the right topic, they will read a book cover to cover on a single subject. Dinosaurs, monster trucks, animal feces...almost irresistible. Same for sharks. But the typical shark book entices readers with an open-mouthed Great White on the cover or, at the very ...more
Hayley Alden
The title of this book is "Surprising Sharks" by Nicola Davies and illustrated by James Croft. Previously a zoologist, Davies knows all there is about animals. According to the "about the author" page, Nicola Davies has spent time diving with sharks, getting to know them personally.

This book is all about sharks. Throughout the book, the reader is introduced to a the physical features of sharks, different types of sharks, where sharks live and things they like to eat. The illustrations are meant
Jessie Bear
Surprising Sharks challenges popular assumptions about sharks while illuminating the ways in which sharks are different, as well as how they are the same. The text briefly introduces the reader to a variety of sharks, such as a goblin shark or an angel shark, with an index to ease locating relevant text. Font size varies, with larger fonts carrying main concepts and smaller fonts full of more detailed facts. Two spreads of shark diagrams break up the rest of the text, with important and well ...more
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