A young biology book, focusing on the unusual creatures known as nudibranchs, presented as a conversation between one and the young girl snorkeller who nearly treads on it. Beyond the expected pro-ecology morals and the facts about how we should keep our distance from coral reefs and keep everything intact, there isn't really a heck of a lot here, and the weaving of the serious authorial and scientific voice in with the chatty conversation is a touch clumsy at times. It didn't quite do enough to make me a hundred per cent sure the critter deserved a book all to itself, however poisonous it gets and however naked it might be (spoiler alert, all animals are naked outside of Disney). Still, it's definitely a book that can deliver what information it has with colour and child-friendly design. Three and a half seastars.
I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review.
This was a fun little story about a nudibranch named Gill who teaches a young girl about itself, leading with the fact that it's naked! We learn other fun facts about nudibranchs too, but the naked thing really stands out in my mind because it's silly and feels a bit salacious.
The illustrations were very bright and colorful with lots of fun colors throughout. I could definitely read this book a few times and probably retain more facts from at least a couple subsequent readings. Overall I rate this book 4.73 out of 5 stars.
This cute, but also slightly odd, book tells the story of a type of ocean organism that does not have a shell but does have lots of other neat things about it. The Nudibranch is a type of ocean creature that makes ribbons of eggs, use poison as protection and come in all different shapes, colours and sizes. The book is written like a fiction story where a girl is learning about the creature, but it has lots of non-fiction text features like labels, text boxes and other information making it the perfect blend of a fiction-non-fiction text. I could definitely see children enjoying learning about this creature, while enjoying the bright and colourful illustrations and the speech bubble/comic like text. I would recommend this book for children in the age 4-9 range. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book!
"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
Nudi Gill is a fantastic book. It has humour to keep children engaged, tons of information and bright illusion.
I was not familiar with nudibranch, but they are fascinating naked creatures.
Nudi Gill is such an amazing and flamboyant nudibranch! This vibrant picture book is overflowing with amazing nudi gill tidbits. I loved it! Wonderful illustrations, an engaging and interesting main character (Nudi Gill-who is naked!), a host of fantastic supporting characters, and true ocean life information (delivered by a humorous Nudi Gill) made me read quickly to see what happened next. The second reading was just as good. Great read for the little ones in your life.
If yes, you may have seen some of these creatures and not even known it!
This adorable picture book depicts a conversation between a little girl, snorkeling above the reef, and a spunky little nudibranch sharing many amazing facts about nudibranch creatures and how to keep their home (our oceans and reefs) safe. It was very informative and, at times, a bit comical.
I enjoyed it and would love to purchase a copy for my classroom!
Colorful. Poisonous. Naked. The nudibranch is a beautiful and, apparently, very friendly! Gill the nudibranch introduces a swimming girl (and readers) to his extended and vibrant family.
My kid has asked for this book a few times, and any book that she repeatedly requests gets an auto 5-stars. But, even if she hadn’t asked for it, I’d be giving this the full 5, just because I myself love this heaps! The dialogue between Gill and the swimming girl is charming. Gill is confident and cool (except for a bit of blushing when complimented), and his talk is quite educational. There’s very few wasted words here.
And even less wasted space! The artwork is full-color, full-page. Very fitting for the colorful nudibranch family. There’s plenty of coral, other sea life, and interesting water effects to add emotion to the talk. Even the word bubbles aren’t just simple ovals all the time, with some nice texture on the edges to convey emotion.
A GREAT book for a school unit on sea life!
Advanced reader copy provided by the publisher.
I always like children’s books that teach you something new. And the story of the nudibranchs taught us a lot about this fascinating species.
I have seen pictures of the Glaucus Atlanticus or Blue Dragon before and have been mesmerized by its colours and alien-looking shape. Now I learned that there are all sorts of different nudibranchs. And all of them look like they came straight out of space.
I’m even more fascinated by this animal than I was before. This book made learning something new super fun, not just for my little one but also for me.
I’m off to look at more adorable nudibranch pictures.
We like that it was written almost like a comic, but was based in non-fiction. The pictures were bright and colorful and fun. We all learned about a fun new sea creature. This will be adopted for our classroom library. (Reviewed by Mrs. P and her 3rd and 4th graders)
An extremely useful educational tool in regards to salt water ecosystems and species (including humans) working together to preserve nature. Bright and bold colors and playful illustrations complement the informative text. Recommended for toddlers and young elementary school students. Adorable!
LibraryThing Early Reviewer and Net Galley Feedback
This was super cute! I learned quite a bit about nudibranches through the adorable and vibrant illustrations.
I enjoyed reading this book so much between the random facts, the beautiful bright colors like a rainbow, the sound words, my 1 year old was enthralled with this book. Gill is a nudibranch a poisonous sea creature who is brightly colored but unable to see color.
Join Gill the Nudibranch as he tells you all about what a nudibranch is and how you can help save their habitat.
This was such a cute read. I’d never heard of a nudibranch before reading this title and learned a lot about them while reading it to my kids. If you have an animal lover, then this definitely belongs on your shelf.
Thank you NetGalley and Gnome Road Publishing for the chance to receive and review this book.
This book is funny and informative, such a great way to learn about ocean creatures. I love the use dialogues and short explanatory texts. I’ve never heard of the family of nudibranchs (noo-di-brank) before, let alone their anatomy, behaviour, diet and habitat, so I must say I learned a lot! I also appreciate the message about protecting coral reefs, where nudibranchs and many other creatures live. I think children would love a book like this, and adults like myself would find it equally fascinating too.
Thank you Gnome Road Publishing for this ARC.
Lovely illustrations in bright ocean colours! Cute characters more of a non fiction book than a narrative. It tells facts about the nudibranch from Nudi’s point of view. It has some great messages about caring for the ocean. I think younger children 5-8 years would enjoy it best.
Thank you to Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
Enjoyed this short read that reminds readers of the importance of the ocean and that everyone is needed to help protect it.
Nudi Gill taught me a lot of interrupting facts about nudibranches including the fact that scientists are studying them to help with memory problems.
Thank you, Gnome Road Publishing, for the advance reading copy.
I find the illustrations really eye popping good. It will be fun for the young readers. The book is about the colourful world of the sea. It’s informative and perfect for the reading age group.