Sunday, July 15, 2012

Discovery Channel's Top 10 Deadliest Sharks by Joe Brusha

The Discovery Channel has practically made an industry out of sharks through Shark Week, a week of shark-centric programming that has millions of fans looking forward to it each year. But how much do people really know about sharks? What different types of sharks are there, and how deadly are each type? How can you stay safe in the water? Check out this book for cool facts, amazing stories, and safety tips on how to avoid being part of a deadly shark attack.

Like many shark-related things, this book tries to have it both ways: using the sensationalized image that sharks have to appeal to readers who like danger and action, while using the text to
impart the importance of respect for sharks and downplaying their public persona as bloodthirsty killers. Different sections talk about how man's encroachment on the shallow coastal waters that sharks inhabit have meant that more people are going into areas where sharks live or how people engage in risky behaviour that makes them more attractive to sharks. Facts are presented in lists, pull-out bubbles, and through comic book style text boxes; there's a lot of information packed into a fairly small book.  The comic book/graphic novel style of the book makes this a great crossover style of books, appealing both to readers of fiction and non-fiction. Libraries looking to increase the amount of high interest material in their non-fiction collection (particularly high interest materials with eye-catching covers) should definitely look at adding this book to their collections.

I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Zenescope.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Face to Face with Sharks by David Doubilet
Sharks: Facts at Your Fingertips from DK Pocket Genius
Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters by Jeff Czekaj
Discovery Channel's Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Predators by Joe Brusha
Animal Planet: World's Most Dangerous Animals by Darren Vincenzo

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