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In Inside Access: Sharks, the guide is a marine biologist named Angel Finn who accompanies the reader on thrilling dives at shark sites around the world.
Together, she and the reader meet different types of sharks and take a look at
their lives and histories, from their ancestors and evolutionary development to
their feeding habits and social behavior. Deep in the ocean, face-to-face with
these fabled creatures, the reader will learn the truth about sharks--few of them terrorize unwitting swimmers; in fact, the biggest sharks are more like gentle giants than cruel killers. Lift-up flaps reveal amazing facts about shark life.
Lift-the-flap factoids and a Ms. Frizzle wannabe form the gimmicks obviously designed to make this effort stand out from a crowded pack-with limited success. "Angel Finn" narrates this compendium of shark facts, beginning with a quick physical description and ending with the news that "many sharks are now endangered." In between, readers are treated to discussions of prehistoric sharks, shark habitats, feeding habits and reproduction, in no discernible progression. The lift-the-flap elements pose questions that may or may not have occurred to readers ("Why do sharks bite metal cages?") and reveal answers in a forced attempt to draw kids in-and they're flimsy, to boot. Angel, a cartoony sketch with long blonde hair, appears placed against full-bleed photographs, some computer-generated (although no acknowledgement of this is made in the text). Most photographs feature gaping, toothy mouths. All in all, it's a model of sensationalism in science books for kids, and lacking both the gravitas and the artistry ofNicola Davies's Surprising Sharks (2003) or Jim Arnosky's All About Sharks (2003). This offering is the very definition of "additional purchase." (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6-10)show more