- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Capstone Press (Jan. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1429680237
- ISBN-13: 978-1429680233
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 27.3 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster (Smithsonian) Paperback – Jan 2012
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Giant Squid Describes the science of the giant squid and the challenges in finding and learning about this cephalopod. Full description
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So little is known about the giant squid - the sea monster of legend - because it lives almost a mile down in lightless icy waters. 50 or 60 feet in length including its two long feeding tentacles, its size is hard to imagine. Unfortunately this book never shows a simple scale diagram for reference; say a small sidebar with a sperm whale, a squid, a schoolbus and a man. And in fact, although you would expect the historic drawings to be exagerrated, so is the one modern illustration of a fight between a sperm whale and a overly large squid.
The book is attractively designed with bright colors, overlaid images and backgrounds and explanatory notes placed in the image instead of as a caption.
There is an excellent index, a good bibliography with up to date books for youngsters, a very short glossary and web links. The web links have a disclaimer that they are appropriate and correct at the time of printing. The book should be using web citations which are easier to type in for the reader, and maintain a permanent archive of the web site, even if it moves, or goes offline.
The book's lively style, fascinating scientific facts and attractive layout make this a must for any child curious about life under the ocean.