Sharks are one of the world's oldest and most ferocious predators. For as long as man has entered the sea, sharks have struck fear in their hearts. This groundbreaking graphic novel from Discovery Channel and Silver Dragon Books examines the world's deadliest sharks and sheds light on their true nature, refuting the notion that they are mindless killing machines, but in reality are among the most amazing and well adapted creatures on earth.
This book is great! It's presented in graphic novel format, which is going to appeal to the more reluctant reader who doesn't like a traditional book. It's chock full of facts about sharks, focusing more on their positive attributes than their gory stories. It also seeks to dispel the myths that surround shark attacks. You may be surprised at how few attacks are really recorded by some of these creatures. Some of the pictures are bloody and graphic. Being illustrations, though, seems to soften the gore.
The book also provides 10 safety tips for swimming in shark-infested waters. The biggest things are to not attract the sharks and to remember that the ocean is actually their home and domain. Be respectful of their territory.
Shark enthusiasts will love the facts and the stories contained within this graphic novel. I would not recommend it for really young readers, though, as it could scare some of them. You will have to use your judgment with your individual child to determine whether or not it is appropriate for him.
I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.