CAPTAIN AQUATICA’S AWESOME OCEAN

Take to the seas with marine conservationist and shark researcher Captain Aquatica and her hammerhead shark sidekick, Fin, to explore the ocean’s wettest and wildest depths and get the latest facts from the field!ngogeokbca_1024x1024

Scientist Jessica Cramp illuminates her work studying sharks and protecting our amazing ocean with in-depth scientific info and comic-book flair. Cramp’s conversational and witty explanations will make kids want to dive right in. Colorful side stories in graphic novel-style feature Cramp as character Captain Aquatica, with her sidekick shark, Fin. Together they help make big concepts accessible and interesting to kids of all levels. Amazing photography and cool content draw kids into the subject and story, attracting STEM fanatics and reluctant readers alike.

MY THOUGHTS: The Science Superhero Series continues with book two. Like last year’s Dr. E’s Super Stellar Solar System, science is presented through the eyes of a researcher turned comic book hero.

Each chapter begins with two pages of cartoon style panels (much appreciated were the numbered dialog bubbles). They have a humorous and often fantasy type tone. Don’t be fooled as the rest of the pages are a serious look at special features and animals of the ocean. Accompanied by stunning photographs, maps, and drawings, the text delves into topics like Plate Tectonics, habitat modification by plants and animals, along with a fascinating discussion of tidal and ocean zones.

Later chapters are sure to please even the casual reader. Animals of the ocean are detailed. Along with the more familiar ones (i.e. polar bears and sea turtles), the less known creatures are given proper billing (nudibranch and lined chiton are two examples). An entire chapter is devoted to sharks who really do put the awesome into the ocean.

Next comes the technology and history of how scientists study the world under water. Readers get an understanding of the crafts used to get deep into areas never before explored. But all of the detailed facts and stories from the first eight chapters come together in the most important one: SAVING OUR OCEANS. A warming climate, plastic pollution, and over-fishing have a detrimental effect. Solutions are provided along with some simple things we can all do to ensure the ocean’s health.

Scattered within the chapters are scientist profiles both present and past of the important people who do the hard work. They might plant the the hint for middle grade kids to pursue the same path. Hands-on experiments even let them pursue this possible new interest. A glossary, index, and additional web/ book resources wrap up the impressive volume.

A much needed resource, Captain Aquatic’s Awesome Ocean, would be a welcome addition to elementary and middle school book shelves. Get a head start and take the dive this summer!

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About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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1 Response to CAPTAIN AQUATICA’S AWESOME OCEAN

  1. This series seems like a fun way to capture reluctant readers. Thanks for the review.

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