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Good Eating: The Short Life of Krill



by
Matt Lilley
illustrated by
Dan Tavis

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Tilbury House Publishers
Imprint
Tilbury House
ISBN
9780884488675
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A fun exploration of a tiny animal at the base of the ocean food chain.

Just 2 inches long full-grown, this little guy is the foundation of the Southern Ocean food chain... “Hi. What are you? You appear to be an egg. You are an egg sinking. For many days, you sink. You sink a mile down, and you keep sinking down… down… until…”

The unidentified narrator follows one krill among billions as it pursues its brief existence, eating and eating while metamorphosing from one thing into another and trying to avoid being eaten. Questions and advice are hurled at the krill on every page, but the krill never responds—because, after all, krill can’t talk, and this is nonfiction.  Krill are the largest animals able to catch and eat phytoplankton, and they in turn are eaten by the largest animals ever to live on earth—blue whales—as well as by seals, penguins, and a host of others. In other words, krill are really good at eating, and they make really good eating. And that makes them the most important animals in the high-latitude oceans.  As in The Whale Fall Café, Dan Tavis’s illustrations combine scientific accuracy with Nemo liveliness and humor. Our star krill is so good at gobbling up phytoplankton that he turns green, so we can pick him out from the crowd racing to escape a penguin’s beak or a blue whale’s gaping maw. The book has been reviewed and endorsed by global krill expert Dr. Stephen Nichol, and the manuscript earned an honorable mention in Minnesota’s McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers. Helpful backmatter is included.

Further information about krill. Suggestions for learning more. Full-color illustrations. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

36

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Dewey

595.3

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

550L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2022

Book Genres

Picture Book, Narrative Nonfiction

Topics

Krill. Ocean animals. Metamorphosis. Food chains (ecology). Southern Ocean. Antarctica. Keystone animal species.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-An adorable introduction to one of the smallest food sources available for ocean dwellers. This book presents the life cycle of the krill, from birth in the depths of the ocean near Antarctica to transformation into a tasty meal for penguins, seals, bird, fish, and whales. Of course, one krill is a mere snack, so they are usually eaten in a very large quantities. A whale can eat a million or more krill in one bite. Soft watercolors effectively show the different stages of the krill as it eats plankton and other tiny organisms in order to grow and molt its shell, then eat and grow more. The story is told with gentle humor and ends with a helpful page of facts and further resources, as well as a link to an online game about krill. VERDICT An enjoyable and educational read suitable for upper elementary students.-Cynde Suite

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-An adorable introduction to one of the smallest food sources available for ocean dwellers. This book presents the life cycle of the krill, from birth in the depths of the ocean near Antarctica to transformation into a tasty meal for penguins, seals, bird, fish, and whales. Of course, one krill is a mere snack, so they are usually eaten in a very large quantities. A whale can eat a million or more krill in one bite. Soft watercolors effectively show the different stages of the krill as it eats plankton and other tiny organisms in order to grow and molt its shell, then eat and grow more. The story is told with gentle humor and ends with a helpful page of facts and further resources, as well as a link to an online game about krill. VERDICT An enjoyable and educational read suitable for upper elementary students.-Cynde Suite

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