It’s Day Four of Science Book Week and our spotlight is on Glass Squid and Other Spectacular Squid (Creatures of the Deep) by Casey Rand.

Do you know the differences between an octopus and a squid? What is a colossal squid? How do squid survive in the extreme pressures of  the deep ocean? This book contains the answers to all these questions and many more, such as where squid live, what they eat and what eats them.

In addition to brilliant color photographs of underwater creatures, the book also has illustrations to clarify key concepts. One illustration shows the zones of the ocean. Another shows the size of a sperm whale and different species of squid compared to a semi-trailer truck.

If you aren’t sure how interesting squid can be, take a look at this video (particularly good for relaxing on a stressful day). Notice the fins on the sides of their bodies. The presence of a fin is one way to tell a squid from an octopus.

Glass Squid and Other Spectacular Squid is a wonderful nonfiction picture book for learning more about squid, curious creatures from deep in the water that we know very little about.

Reading level: Reading level R, gr 3-5
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree (August 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1410942015
ISBN-13: 978-1410942012

Book was supplied by publisher for review purposes.