Monday, April 12, 2010

Oceans Johnna Rizzo

Oceans by Johnna Rizzo
The beautiful cover of this book grabbed me. The photographs inside are just as amazing. This is a National Georgaphic Kids nonfiction title, so I expected the images to be great and I was still wowed

As far as I know this is Rizzo's first nonfiction book for kids. Though, Rizzo writes like he's done this before.

Various fonts and text are used to keep the readers attention. Filled with facts, including weird but true ones. After naming the oceans of the world, the author begins with Whales.
Rizzo highlights the differences between sea animals with close relations. Such as the sea horse vs Sea Dragon and squid vs octopus. Readers are introduced to a few of the animals that live at the oceans bottom.

Pitch-black and just a few degrees above freezing, the ocean bottom is a harsh place to live, and the fish that survive in these extreme conditions have developed some strange adaptations. Most of these deep sea residents are bioluminescent, which means chemicals inside their often see through bodies glow like underwater night lights.

Two cool facts I learned from Oceans. There are jellyfish that can weigh up to 450 pounds.
Blue Whale babies can weigh up to 6,000 pounds when they are born.

The text and photographs compliment each other very well. Young readers who enjoy factual books will love Oceans. I've linked this post to nonfiction Monday. This weeks nonfiction roundup can be found at Shelf-employed.

3 comments:

The Wild About Writing Trio said...

This book sounds great. I'm always impressed with the photos in National Geographic books.

Kim

Roberta said...

450 pound jellyfish? That's amazing!

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