Sunday, April 5, 2020

Spring Reading 2020 Obsessive About Octopuses

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Owen Davey does it again. Anyone who has encountered previous title such as Crazy About Cats or Smart About Sharks will recognize his distinctive style when they see Obsessive About Octopuses. Beyond the incredible illustrations, which are full of color and detail, the facts he manages to pack into the book are fascinating. Everything from diagrams of an octopus body to details of adaptive camouflage are explained and depicted. Among other topics of interest, he covers - methods of movement, defensive adaptations, hunting methods, eggs and hatchlings, and even mythology related to these creatures. One spread shows a life-size image of a star-sucker pygmy octopus, while also showing a Giant Pacific octopus with a diver next to it for comparison. Another spread offers awards for the most fashion-minded, most sociable, best on land, and for digging - with explanations of each octopus and why it qualifies as the award winner.

For readers who enjoy books about animals, Davey's titles always provide plenty of facts, and brilliant images. The organization of the book with each spread covering a different topic makes it easy to flip to a particular point of interest, or it can be read cover to cover so that nothing is missed. The table of contents and index make it easy to track down particular species or subjects.

Highly recommended for middle grade readers and up. I read an e-book provided by the publisher for review purposes.

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