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Sunday 9 October 2016

Review: Smart About Sharks

Oh my. If you've seen Owen Davey's Mad About Monkeys (our review here), you'll be hiring a speedboat to get a copy of Smart About Sharks.

From its Deco colour palette to its exquisitely-crafted pages, this is a visual treat like no other (except maybe Mad About Monkeys), and one that will elicit equal peeps of glee from both adults and kids.

Deliciously laid out with striking digital imagery, the book covers all manner of sharkish facts--from types of fins to what they eat, how they eat, their social life, sizes, habits--even mythology and their endangerment status.

This is 'learning' in a divinely visual way. Information is meaty enough to give solid facts, whilst also encouraging further exploration.

Shifting between scenic imagery and infographic-style layouts, the pictures help cements this learning in a beautifully-crafted way that's a true pleasure to dive into.

And on top of all that, Owen Davey has carefully presented facts that will enchant young readers. A shark no longer than a pencil? A whale shark weighing 34,000kg? A silhouette of how very much a surfer looks like a seal or a turtle to a Great White lurking deep down low??? Eeep!

Spectacular stuff. Highly collectible, I'm so looking forward to the next book in the series.

Title: Smart About Sharks
Author/Illustrator: Owen Davey
Publisher: Flying Eye, $27.99
Publication Date: 1 June 2016
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781909263918
For ages: 6 - 12
Type: Picture Book