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Anglerfish: The Seadevil of the Deep



by
Elaine M. Alexander
illustrated by
Fiona Fogg

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536213966
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Deep in the darkest part of the ocean, visit a primordial, fierce-toothed fish that draws in prey with its own bioluminescent lure.

Dive thirteen thousand feet below the ocean’s surface, where no ray of sunlight can penetrate. Resources are scarce, and fellow inhabitants scarcer. This is life in the midnight zone—life for the anglerfish, known as the Seadevil of the Deep. Still largely a mystery to scientists, the deep-sea anglerfish is a true source of fascination and awe. To some, the fish resembles a prehistoric creature forgotten by time; to others, she is the embodiment of power, grace, and grit, using her remarkable physical attributes and a talent for deception to survive one of the harshest environments on the planet.

In Anglerfish, author Elaine M. Alexander and illustrator Fiona Fogg shine a small light on this mesmerizing, unforgettable creature. A captivating text paired with stunning artwork complement not only STEM but also language arts and history curricula. More facts about the anglerfish—from how it hunts to the surprising way a female mates with far tinier males—await curious readers in the back matter.

More about anglerfish. Glossary. Other species of anglerfish. Index. Full-color illustrations rendered digitally.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9 4/5" x 9"

Dewey

579

AR

5.4: points 0.5

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2022

Book Genres

Narrative Nonfiction, Picture Book

Topics

Anglerfish. Animal behavior and characteristics. Deep-sea animals. Ocean life. Marine animals. Animal life cycles. Nature and the natural world.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-4-If you've reeled in a Football Fish in Animal Crossing, you have likely been curious about this bizarre breed. The anglerfish is best distinguished by a bioluminescent orb dangling from its forehead and its very long, very sharp teeth. This book explains the life cycle, environment, and unconventional mating habits of these deep-water denizens, who spend the majority of their life in the ocean's "midnight zone," a place where light does not reach. Each page features clear and concise text well-placed onto the strikingly illustrated pages. The book follows one anglerfish during its life cycle. Born at the ocean's surface, the fish dives to its deepest depths as it grows, and Fogg's artwork beautifully illustrates each segment. The ocean's surface is bright blue, and the bottom is pitch black, lit only by the anglerfish's bioluminescent orb. Most pages feature full-bleed spreads, although some incorporate comic-like panels to convey action and movement. The anglerfish is drawn realistically, but with added cartoon eyes giving it the ability to emote. Because the life of an ocean creature is dangerous, that emotion is typically fear. Monkfish, jellyfish, crabs, and other sea life appear in Fogg's friendly style. Illustrated back matter provides additional detail about all aspects of the anglerfish, such as the wild reason females can be five times as large as the males. A glossary and index are also provided. VERDICT An appropriately in-depth look at one of Earth's odder aquatic creatures, this book is a must-have for every nonfiction collection.-Chance Lee Joyner

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-4-If you've reeled in a Football Fish in Animal Crossing, you have likely been curious about this bizarre breed. The anglerfish is best distinguished by a bioluminescent orb dangling from its forehead and its very long, very sharp teeth. This book explains the life cycle, environment, and unconventional mating habits of these deep-water denizens, who spend the majority of their life in the ocean's "midnight zone," a place where light does not reach. Each page features clear and concise text well-placed onto the strikingly illustrated pages. The book follows one anglerfish during its life cycle. Born at the ocean's surface, the fish dives to its deepest depths as it grows, and Fogg's artwork beautifully illustrates each segment. The ocean's surface is bright blue, and the bottom is pitch black, lit only by the anglerfish's bioluminescent orb. Most pages feature full-bleed spreads, although some incorporate comic-like panels to convey action and movement. The anglerfish is drawn realistically, but with added cartoon eyes giving it the ability to emote. Because the life of an ocean creature is dangerous, that emotion is typically fear. Monkfish, jellyfish, crabs, and other sea life appear in Fogg's friendly style. Illustrated back matter provides additional detail about all aspects of the anglerfish, such as the wild reason females can be five times as large as the males. A glossary and index are also provided. VERDICT An appropriately in-depth look at one of Earth's odder aquatic creatures, this book is a must-have for every nonfiction collection.-Chance Lee Joyner

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