Creature Files Sharks: Book Review

Sharks (Creature Features) series. Is this non-fiction book one that would suit your classroom? Check out Miss Jenny's Classroom for a review.At the beach, in the ocean – they lurk beneath the surface. So which sharks are the fiercest of them all?

Title: Sharks
Series: Creature Files
Author: L.J. Tracosas
ISBN: 9780760360361          Language: English

Classification: Non-Fiction
Themes: sharks, facts

What’s it about?
The facts and nothing but the facts. Each 2-page spread concentrates on one particular breed of shark. For each shark the facts include size, weight, location, as well as a fact specific to the sharks’ bite (such as their teeth).

The simple 2-coloured illustrations showing the size, weight etc are really eye catching and easy to read. This book doesn’t have too many photographs with text everywhere in horrid colours – a lot of thought has gone in to ensuring an effective and engaging layout for children. A variety of shark species has been included (and yes, the favourites are there!)

Thumbs up – so nothing here!

Sharks BUYMy Thoughts
My son has been fascinated with sharks for over 12 months ever since he discovered a National Geographic DVD I had about sharks. He had a super basic book which didn’t have the best formatting but he loved it to pieces (literally). This book therefore is great for me on a personal level because my son will love this book!

This book gets the balance correct in terms of formatting. In the classroom this would be a great book to use to study facts about sharks and have students complete research about their favourite one from the book (or for older students, one that isn’t in the book). I can definitely see this book appealing to boys in particular because of the easy to understand information and the rather nifty and cool facts about the bites. Also, the simplicity of the layout also means this is an ideal book to be using with ESL/ELL as it is accessible to them for at least understanding the basics even if they’re still developing their English-language skills.

An activity I would love to do with this book would be to go onto the school oval and use tape/wool to measure out to show the actual size of the sharks – that way students’ can get a real ideal of their size in comparison to themselves. I think I will definitely do a Teaching Ideas page for this one as soon as I gather a few bits together!

L.J. Tracosas - author of non-fiction animals books. Visit her website today.

Special thanks to Becker & Mayer! Kids and NetGalley for providing me with an advance reader copy to review.


  1. March 7, 2018 / 9:21 am

    Oh wow my daughter is absolutely obsessed with sharks (as well as dinosaurs ) i am so buying this book for her !

    • missjennysclassroomau
      March 7, 2018 / 9:30 am

      I thought my boy would grow out of the shark phase but no – still going strong! Hope your daughter enjoys is just as much as my boy does.

  2. March 7, 2018 / 9:49 am

    Sounds like a cool book, although I think one of my friends kids is scared of sharks so maybe not for him x

  3. Sharon
    March 7, 2018 / 10:35 am

    I love this book review… I have a student who loves sharks.

  4. March 7, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Sounds like a great book! I am not a huge fan of the sea, nor sharks! 🙁 Sim x

  5. March 7, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    I am terrified of sharks o don’t think I could buy this book, I have been ever since I was a small child and caught a glimpse of Jaws on TV. x

  6. March 7, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    This sounds like a brilliant book. Books with great pictures and accurate facts are the best.

  7. March 7, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    Oo my cousins son would love this – I’ll have to keep my eye out for it 🙂

  8. March 8, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    Absolutely love sharks. Must get this to read with the kids… and scare them of the water!!!

  9. March 8, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    My 7 year old would love this. He is really fascinated by sharks.

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