With the emphasis on helping students to learn how to read critically, a series such as this approaches the skill in a fun and challenging way. Four statements are given and the reader is asked to be a “truth sleuth” and find the lie in the group. After making their choice, readers turn the page and discover if they were right. An explanation of the correct answer is given.
Color photos of various types of sharks fill many of the pages, with captions to identify the species shown. Some photos are labeled to show types of fins, location of gills, ears, or spiracles and other details. On other pages there are illustrations of sharks in humorous poses - holding a coffee pot and mug, covered in bandaids, etc. A rubber stamp serves as narrator, introducing each set of statements and making funny comments.
For newly independent readers interested in science topics, this could be a new favorite series.