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 I see sea food : sea creatures that look like food
 Author: Grodzicki, Jenna

 Publisher:  Millbrook Press (2020)

 Dewey: 591.77
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 32 p., col. ill., 25 cm

 BTSB No: 404726 ISBN: 9781541554634
 Ages: 5-9 Grades: K-4

 Marine animals -- Adaptation

Price: $24.18

Meet some of the wackiest creatures under the sea--creatures that look like food--through eye-catching photos and engaging text.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 503628

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (08/15/19)
   School Library Journal (11/01/19)
   Booklist (+) (11/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 11/01/2019 *Starred Review* This is an engaging premise for a picture book. Crisp, full-color, full-page photos provide close-ups of various sea life—fish, starfish, eels, slugs, jellyfish—and compare their physical appearances to standard foods that most children will recognize: pancakes, chocolate chip cookies, lettuce, bananas, apples, even egg yolks. Each two-page spread features an oversize caption, an accessible one-paragraph description of the subject and how its distinct makeup helps it survive in the ocean (camouflage, absorbing food or sunlight, armor, attracting mates, propulsion), and a standard list of basic data (aliases, species, size, range, habitat, predators). Included in this last section is also a fun fact: the cauliflower jellyfish, for example, has no hearts, brains, or blood. A couple pages of introductory text introduce the concept of biodiversity; the concluding text encourages appreciation and respect for all kinds of sea critters, and plants the seed that readers might discover some new species of their own someday. A glossary introduces cool new vocabulary (filaments, scutes, tentacles, tubercles); a concluding quiz asks readers to identify photos as sea food or me food. This is sure to be a hit with young audiences, whether shared during storytime or read (and reread) by deep-sea enthusiasts. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 11/01/2019 Gr 1–3—Grodzicki explores sea life that resembles common foods. An introduction explains that some creatures have useful features that cause them to look like "their tasty twins." Each of the following pages contains photographs and explains the traits that gave each animal its name and the purpose of these traits. Readers will also learn about the creature's other nicknames, species name, size, habitat, and predators and one fun fact. The large, colorful photos; the simple layout; and brief information are the book's strengths. Unfortunately, the animals don't resemble their food look-alikes enough to wow young readers and the information is not thorough enough for older readers. VERDICT A beautiful book that lacks a distinct purpose or audience.—Katherine Rao, Palos Verdes Library District, CA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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