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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bea Reviews Ocean Animals from Head to Tail by Stacey Roderick, illustrated by Kwanchai Moriya

Bea's Book Nook, Review, Ocean Animals from Head to Tail, Stacey Roderick, Kwanchai Moriya
Series: Head to Tail series
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: September 6th, 2016
Challenges:  I Love Picture Books | NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

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Blurb from goodreads:

This nonfiction picture book uses a playful guessing game to introduce eight different ocean animals and some unique aspects of their bodies. First, readers are shown a close-up illustration of an unusual part of an animal's body and asked to guess its owner: ?What ocean animal has a head like this?? Then the following spread reveals the animal's name (e.g., ?A hammerhead shark!?), along with an illustration of the whole animal in its habitat. There's also a brief description of the animal's traits with a special emphasis on the featured body part. For example, readers learn that a blue whale's mouth contains baleen, which help it capture krill to eat, and that the tail of a seahorse curls so it can hold on to sea plants for stability. Young children will recognize that every animal has its own distinctive features and body parts that help it survive. Author Stacey Roderick has created a perfect beginning exploration of the physical traits of ocean animals that's both engaging and informative. Paper collage illustrations by Kwanchai Moriya in bright, eye-catching colors bring the animals to vivid and appealing life. The fun, interactive nature of the guessing game makes this book ideal for a read-aloud. It would be a terrific addition to an early life-science class on the characteristics of living things or on types of ocean animals. A bonus spread includes information on eight more ocean animals. 

My Thoughts:

"Ocean Animals From Head To Tail" has lovely, brightly colored illustrations which should appeal to young children. The illustrations are easy for adults but challenging for children, with a mix of familiar and less familiar ocean animals. The artwork is reminiscent of Eric Carle's work, due in part no doubt to the fact that's done layered tissue paper collage. In addition to the animals that are showcased, there are a couple pages at the book with more animals for children to learn about. Some of the info was a little bit over the heads of most young children but overall "Ocean Animals From Head To Tail" is a fun and engaging book.


  1. Yep this is one that the Mister's nephews would love, I've just gotten word from their mother that the younger one is obsessed with the ocean now (he watched Finding Dory) so maybe she'll be interested in this one for him. I think the cover is adorable.

    1. It was the cover that originally caught my eye.

  2. This is a book with a guessing game. Readers have to guess what the sea creature is based on a close up of body parts. The illustrations are fantastic and the facts are simple for young readers. This is very similar to Steve Jenkins books, but for a younger audience.

  3. This sounds lovely even though it might be over Sophia's head, I like that she will grow into it. Great review Bea


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