Creative Kid Thursday! Review – The Ultimate Book of Sharks by Brian Skerry

Happy Thursday!

I just signed up for Tara Lazar’s STORYSTORM writing extravaganza! I used to do this years back when it was called PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) but fell off the wagon for a bit. I felt like getting my creative writing juices flowing again, so I signed up for 2019. Basically what you do is, for the month of January, you read daily blog posts (they give you a lot of great information, advice, and inspiration), and come up with at least one idea for a picture book each day. By the end of the month you will have a list of ideas and there is bound to be a golden nugget or two in there that you can use to develop into a story. It’s not too late to sign up! Registration is open until January 7th – click HERE to register (it’s free and you can win prizes!)

Now on to why you are here today! Today is Creative Kid Thursday and I have my special guest – Josie, my sister who read a book she wants to tell you about. Take it away, Josie!


The Ultimate Book of Sharks

by Brian Skerry

192 pages – ages 9+

Published by National Geographic Children’s Books on May 15, 2018

Synopsis from the Publisher- “Join this amazing underwater adventure to track the sharks of the world, from the teeniest dogfish to the everfeared great white. This ultimate book features every species of shark on the planet, with awesome photos, fascinating facts, the latest science, and firsthand stories of real-life encounters with these incredible creatures. Learn how sharks live, how they eat, the challenges they face, and whether or not you are actually on the menu!”

What Josie Thought-  I am doing a science fair project about how fast different sharks swim and this book helped a lot with understanding sharks. The book has a lot of facts about different types of sharks (even names the fastest sharks), where they live, the parts of a shark, shark trivia, environments, and a lot more. I like that there is an index in the back so you can look up things quickly. The pictures are awesome and I thought it was easy to read and understand. I like how the words are broken up into little sections with pictures for each section.

I learned about types of sharks I never heard of before – like cat sharks and tasseled wobbegongs (that is a real name) and also other facts like there are sharks that actually live up near the Arctic Circle (I always thought they lived in warm waters). This book would be great for schools to have. I think a lot of kids will like it. I thought this was a great book and it really helped me with my project.

I give it 5 out of 5 bookworms. 



And now I am adding this video because I know Erik hates it. 😛




Categories: Age 9+

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11 replies

  1. Ha ha! Hi Josie! Very good review although I didn’t see a video.

  2. I see I now. I hadn’t fully clicked on to the site.

  3. Good review, Josie. You hit all the high points that readers and librarians want to know for reafire and/ or buying the book! Beth Schmelzer, blogger, reviewer, and former librarian

  4. Dang, this awesome reviewer thing runs in the family. Well done, Josie!

    And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to Google to see what on earth a tasseled wobbegong looks like.

  5. Excellent review, Josie! I’ve heard a lot praise for this — in fact I believe it is a finalists for a Cybils Award. The video was cute!

    Erik, glad you’re going to be creative this month. We all need that occasionally.

  6. Excellent review Josie!

  7. Mom is also doing StoryStorm, E.! Maybe you’ll see her around the neighborhood.

    Love and licks,

  8. What a good review, Josie! I find sharks to be amazing creatures, too.

  9. this was an amazing blog thanks for creating it

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