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 Anglerfish : the seadevil of the deep
 Author: Alexander, Elaine M.

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2022)

 Dewey: 597.62
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: [30] p., col. ill., 25 cm

 BTSB No: 050084 ISBN: 9781536213966
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Adaptation (Biology)

Price: $22.08

Dive 13,000 feet below the ocean's surface, where no ray of sunlight can penetrate. This is life in the midnight zone--life for the anglerfish, known as the Seadevil of the Deep. Still largely a mystery to scientists, the deep-sea anglerfish is a true source of fascination and awe. To some, the fish resembles a prehistoric creature forgotten by time; to others, she is the embodiment of power, grace, and grit, using her remarkable physical attributes and a talent for deception to survive.

 Illustrator: Fogg, Fiona

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/22)
   School Library Journal (+) (06/03/22)
 The Hornbook (00/03/22)

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School Library Journal - 06/03/2022 Gr 2–4—If you've reeled in a Football Fish in Animal Crossing, you have likely been curious about this bizarre breed. The anglerfish is best distinguished by a bioluminescent orb dangling from its forehead and its very long, very sharp teeth. This book explains the life cycle, environment, and unconventional mating habits of these deep-water denizens, who spend the majority of their life in the ocean's "midnight zone," a place where light does not reach. Each page features clear and concise text well-placed onto the strikingly illustrated pages. The book follows one anglerfish during its life cycle. Born at the ocean's surface, the fish dives to its deepest depths as it grows, and Fogg's artwork beautifully illustrates each segment. The ocean's surface is bright blue, and the bottom is pitch black, lit only by the anglerfish's bioluminescent orb. Most pages feature full-bleed spreads, although some incorporate comic-like panels to convey action and movement. The anglerfish is drawn realistically, but with added cartoon eyes giving it the ability to emote. Because the life of an ocean creature is dangerous, that emotion is typically fear. Monkfish, jellyfish, crabs, and other sea life appear in Fogg's friendly style. Illustrated back matter provides additional detail about all aspects of the anglerfish, such as the wild reason females can be five times as large as the males. A glossary and index are also provided. VERDICT An appropriately in-depth look at one of Earth's odder aquatic creatures, this book is a must-have for every nonfiction collection.—Chance Lee Joyner - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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