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Surprising Sharks [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Nicola Davies , James Croft
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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7 Jun 2004
Some sharks are no bigger than a chocolate bar, some have built-in fairy lights, and most wouldn't go near a human, even if you were wearing a sign saying "dinner"! So, if you thought all sharks were giant man-eating killers, you're in for a surprise.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (7 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844284581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844284580
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 22.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a zoologist by training and by passion - I've been lucky enough to see all sorts of animals in all sorts of places - Sperm whales off Dominica, gibbons in NE India, orang utans and hornbills and proboscis monkeys in Borneo (and that was just last year). But I love the ravens and blackbirds, barn owls and badgers in my own patch in S Wales. All my books are about the natural world in some way. I want my readers to feel the same fizz of excitement about animals that I do.

I used to have a small holding with sheep and chickens and the World's Daftest Dog, Flint. Sometimes, whilst I was waiting for the last kids to filter into the school hall on school visits, I'd tell the ones in the front row stories about the things that happened on my little 'farm'- escaping sheep, cockerels that sat on eggs - and they laughed. And that's how the Silver Street Farm books were born. I giggled myself silly writing them, and I think my readers laugh too. I love making people laugh.

I also rather enjoy making my readers cry. You know you've scored a writing goal if someone's wiping their eyes when you read a book to them. My novels A Girl Called Dog and Rubbish Town Hero and the new one coming soon Whale Boy, all have tear jerking moments. It's not that I like to torture my readers its just that even quite little children sometimes have horrible things happen to them, and I want to be truthful about that in the stories I write. So there are dark and scary things in my novels, but also lots of fun although can't promise that my endings are 'and they all lived happily ever after'.

Last year 2012 I wrote six books. I'm rather proud of myself! So there's lots of new things coming in 2013. The Lion Who Stole My arm, based on a true story about man eating lions, from Mozambique, one about village- trampling elephants called the Elephant Road, also based on a true story. And a very special picture book called The Promise, about how one heart changing can change the world. I'll be doing lots of events this year - starting with the Imagine Festival at the South Bank in February and including a tour of schools in Carthage and New York in the US and the Hay Festival and May.

One of the big perks of my job is working with fantastic illustrators that make my words come alive. Mark Hearld did a stunning job with A First Book of Nature and he's working on another one of mine now. Emily Sutton's made micro life sparkle with her illustrations of my book Tiny, out soon. And Laura Carlin's pictures for The Promise are amazing.

When I'm not writing, I sing. Singing makes me super happy. Not sure how happy it makes the people who come to hear me! Oh yeah and I work in schools, meeting readers and having a lovely time - the best perk of all of being a children's writer is working with children.

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"The best information books are so interesting that they make you want to find out more. The Read and Wonder books do just that." Margaret Meek, Emeritus Reader, Institute of Education, University of London"

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Find out what sharks are REALLY like in this fun, informative picture book and CD, part of the new Nature Storybooks series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the timid as well as the brave 18 May 2005
By A Customer
Another fabulous book by naturalist-turned-author Nicola Davies. My three year old daughter was terrified of snorkelling until she read Surprising Sharks and learned about these amazing animals. The bright colours and groovy piccies are a plus and the information-packed pages are great, especially with the way they are laid out so that you can skim or delve into the various topics. But what really sets this book apart is Nicola Davies' humane voice, which always respects other species and what they add to our world. A great read for the brave and aid to the timid.
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My 4 year old son got this book in a party bag so I didn't look at it before reading it. I sat down with my two kids 2 & 4 yrs and read it to them. I was surprised at the tone of the book and found myself very quickly having to change the language used into more child friendly words. The first page reads "You're swimming in the warm blue sea. Whats the one word that turns your dreams into a nightmare? What's the one word that makes you think of a giant man-eating killer? Shaaaarrrkk!" Further on in the book it goes on to say "And then when they are close enough for the kill, they feel the crackle of their prey's living nerves, so they bite in just the right place ... no matter what the prey! Wheather it's plankton ... or people! Oh yes, it's true - some sharks do kill people; about six of us every year."

I personally thought this kind of graphic language and the use of such strong words unsuitable for my small children. I didn't want them never to dare to go into the sea again! It is a shame as there are really good parts to the book, my son really enjoyed looking at the different sized sharks and learning their funny names.

My advice would be to read it first, it may well not scare some smaller children but in my opinion it's suited to an older age range than the front cover suggests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 20 Jan 2011
Love this book. Absolutely beautiful. The pictures are great the writing is so beautiful we really felt FOR the sharks!! My 4 year old loves this book so much and she has learnt so much about Sharks. Last evening she made a lovely picture of a tiger shark. It really inspired her!! I loved the other book about the Big Blue Whale too. Plan to get more books in the series. And by the way if you get the audio book it is even better. The narration is great and adds more interest with just enough music:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars surprising sharks 23 Jun 2013
By purple
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great book which I needed for a topic at work. Full of useful information and lots of pictures.
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