Here There Be Monsters

The Legendary Kraken and the Giant Squid
73p. 978-0-54707-678-2.
Gr 4—6—The title of this fascinating chronicle of giant and colossal squids comes from the warnings placed by early mapmakers to alert sailors about unknown territories and dangers, and the prologue starts things off with a scary story about sighting a mysterious and terrifying sea monster. Each chapter continues the richly detailed story as humans explored and learned more about its life forms. The narrative builds suspense as scientists throughout the world gathered information from sightings and discoveries of body pieces washed up on shore. Full-color photographs, drawings, and reproductions of historical maps and posters amplify the text throughout. Size comparisons to familiar objects provide instant recognition, e.g., the eye of the colossal squid can be more than a foot wide and resemble a beach ball. The last chapters describe and illustrate the exciting recent global efforts that have led to amazing discoveries. A bibliography and detailed index add to the usefulness of this book for reports, but this title will engage general readers with its wealth of historical and scientific information about these fearsome animals.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
The 1860s brought a rash of sightings of enormous squidlike sea monsters. Another wave happened in the 1960s. Photographs and video of live squid have enhanced our understanding in recent years, but we still know little about these mysterious creatures. The book's cover plays to the monster audience; inside, concise text, complemented by illustrations, photographs, and maps, smoothly segues between history and science. Websites. Bib., ind.

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