Animals of the Sea and Shore
by Ben Rothery
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 05 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 10 Nov 2021
Publisher Spotlight, Tilbury House Publishers
Ocean Planet is the stunning new book from natural-history illustrator Ben Rothery - and offers a rich exploration of the creatures from the coastal and offshore waters of the world - from penguins, seagulls, polar bears and seahorses, to plankton, sharks.
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/2021):
From plankton to polar bears, an artist's gallery of animals familiar and exotic. As in Hidden Planet and Sensational Butterflies (both 2021), Rothery supplies generous quantities of facts and comments about each of his subjects, but the obsessively detailed, photorealistic art easily takes pride of place. Aside from a map and one diagram showing oceanic zones, he sticks to portraits--each designed for individual examination, so not to scale even when a half-dozen or more share an oversized double-page spread, and generally placed against monochrome or minimally detailed backdrops. Though on occasion sheer technical proficiency gets the upper hand (the deep-sea anglerfish, for example, looks dried out, and the dragon moray eel is hard to distinguish from the coral behind it because depth of field has been sacrificed for visual dazzle), the lifelike poses and angles of view range from dramatic to, in the case of a blue-footed booby in a mating dance or a contemplative puffin, even comical. If his nature notes aren't systematic or he's not averse to wandering away from oceanic realms to slip in the occasional arbitrary-feeling land animal, viewers will still be hard put to look away from the pictures--or to miss out on his strong and contagious affinity for the creatures he portrays. (This book was reviewed digitally.) Informationally catch as catch can, but the visuals are as gorgeous as they come. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-13) COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Average rating from 3 members
What a fantastic enrichment book! Broadly divided by themes (region, animal family, record-breakers, etc.) this is a fascinating exploration of the wondrous diversity of life in and around our oceans. There is also a very interesting section about the oceans themselves that adds context to the animal articles. The photos featured are breathtaking! They're wonderfully detailed and really showcase the amazing variety of life and how it adapts to any far-flung environment. This will definitely hold the attention of elementary and middle school students and would be a great addition to school and classroom libraries. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Received as a review copy from NetGalley, this is an honest review. While this is a quick read about the complex ecosystem that make up the Earth's oceans; the author unpacks a great deal of knowledge about the sharks, reefs, fishes and all of the animals that live within the many layers of the sea; and accompanied with colorful pictures that helps any reader understand the scientific knowledge. It is a well written book although reading it on the Kindle app, parts of the work the words faded from the page despite the strong font set up to read the book. Highly recommended.