Caramel has reviewed several Magic Tree House books already: Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House #5), Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House #6), Knights and Castles (Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #2), Sunset of the Sabertooth (Magic Tree House #7), Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House #8), and Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House #9). This week he wanted to talk about another fact tracker book: Sea Monsters. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, you found another book about real things, I see.
Caramel: Yes. This is a book about ocean “monsters”.
S: So who are these monsters? Can you tell me a few of them?
C: There is the angler fish, the giant squid, the goblin shark, the cookie cutter shark, the hairy angler fish, the vampire squid, the dragon fish, oar fish, …
S: Okay, I get the point.
C: … giant tube worms. There is also this dunkleosteus–
S: Hmm, I have never heard of most of these. But this last one does not sound familiar at all. What is a dunkleosteus?
C: It is a giant armored fish, I think it is about forty feet long. Its teeth are actually bone.
S: And it is extinct, right?
C: Yes. And there are other extinct species too. There is the liopleurodon, and the megalodon–
S: So I understand. The book talks about large sea creatures, then. Right?
C: Yes. And my favorite is the liopleurodon.
C: Because it is not armored but it has a giant head. I think it looks really interesting!
S: I’m not sure I’d like to face one under water any time soon!
C: You don’t have to worry about that. They are already extinct!
S: That’s good.
C: Not for them.
S: That is right Caramel. This does seem like an interesting book, with many different types of facts in it. So tell me how it is organized.
C: Chapter titles! Here you go: The first chapter is called Sea Monsters. Then the second is Exploring the Oceans. The third is Squids, Octopuses and Other Creatures. Then there is a chapter called Creatures of the Deep.
S: That’s where we learn about the angler fish!
C: Yes. then there is Prehistoric Seas. And there we learn about the liopleurodon, the megalodon and similar creatures. And then the last chapter is called Sea Monster Tales.
S: Which chapter was most interesting for you?
C: I think I liked the Prehistoric Seas chapter most.
S: I know you like prehistoric animals. You have reviewed a Magic Tree House book about the saber tooth before. And another book on dinosaurs. No wonder you chose the liopleurodon as your favorite sea monster.
S: So what else do you want to tell us about this book?
S: We watched a lot of episodes of Steve Irwin’s show together, right? It is sad he died of a sting ray sting. And Cousteau was a famous explorer who was one of the first to go deep into the oceans and to explore. That is great that you read a bit about both. So tell me the most interesting fact you learned from this book.
C: It’s about the largest jellyfish. So let me find it… Okay, here I will read it to you: “The longest animal in the world is not a whale. It is a special jellyfish called a siphonophore. Its tentacles can reach 131 feet long!”
S: Wow, that is long! Wikipedia tells us that “a siphonophore may appear to be an individual organism, each specimen is in fact a colonial organism composed of medusoid and polypoid zooids that are morphologically and functionally specialized.” That is really interesting! I had never heard of them before.
C: Me neither!
S: Okay Caramel, it is probably a good time to wrap up this review. Would you like to tell our readers your three words on this book?
C: Factful, curious because these are really curious animals, and black-and-white because all the illustrations are black and white.
S: Maybe instead of factful we can say “informative”?
C: Yes, that works too!
S: Great! I think then it is finally time for you to say your closing words!
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!