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Friday, November 09, 2018

Reader's Diary #1952- Joe Flood: Sharks

I was super into animals as a kid. In fact, I wanted to be a veterinarian for the longest time. Despite that, sharks never held any real fascination for me, no more than any other animal in any case. I was not one of the many kids who, according to biologist David Shiffman who wrote the intro to Joe Flood's Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter, "[went] through an 'I love sharks' phase." That said, this nonfiction comic might just be the start of one.

Flood does an excellent job highlighting just why these beasts are so unique and worthy of our awe all while making science fun and accessible. He talks about how they are different than bony fish (stating that a cat and a hummingbird are more similar to one another); gets into taxonomy, evolution, anatomy and physiology, and other concepts; and uses a variety of different shark species to illustrate his points. Readers will learn about science through sharks and sharks through science.

Flood's art reminded me of Erica Henderson's work on Squirrel Girl and gave the book an upbeat, fun tone.

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