Monday, January 9, 2017
By Candace Fleming
Illustrations by Eric Rohmann
A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2016.
There are many mysteries in the world—and one of the great mysteries is to understand giant squid that lives on our own planet. We don’t know much about these creatures. There are bits and pieces that we can put together—from the few and far between encounters or bits of giant squid that researchers find. As Candace Fleming writes in the afterward, “we have more close-up photos of the surface of Mars—a planet millions of miles away—than we have of giant squid.” This creature is still a mystery; however, young readers who are fascinated by the unknown or the sheer size of this creature or anything that has to do with marine biology will love reading this book. Rohmann’s illustrations of a red giant squid against a cool background of blues and grays will help highlight this illusive creature. The only sad part about reading this book is that youngsters will probably want to know more (and or possibly do an internet search for the videos of the giant squid swimming off the coast of Japan that was mentioned). This is such a great book for budding young scientists.