Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Giant Squid

In a word, gorgeous.  I like to think photographs often portray wild animals best and most accurately, but when dealing with the elusive giant squid, Eric Rohmann proves me wrong.  I love that the first three spreads of text and illustration precede the title page.  Kind of a mysterious introduction to the topic.  You know it’s coming, based on the title and the cover, but it’s still somewhat startling.  I enjoyed the poetic progression of the story as well as the labelled diagram of a squid that follows.  The further explanation of the mystery of the giant squid and the somewhat astonishing fact that it was never, NEVER seen until 2006 and never captured on film until 2012 are really…well, astonishing.  I’m interested to check out the videos cited along with the bibliography.

Title: Giant Squid
Author: Candace Fleming
Illustrator: Eric Rohmann
Published 2016 by Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 9781596435995

This copy was received from the publisher for review.

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