If sharks disappeared

Lily Williams

Book - 2017

"A nonfiction picture book tracing the repercussions of what would happen if sharks disappeared from our planet"--

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New York : Roaring Brook Press 2017.
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Main Author
Lily Williams (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Williams defends sharks as not scary but essential in her children's book debut, as a family's boat outing frames a narrative that examines the role that these ancient, oft-misunderstood predators play in ocean ecosystems. The family's daughter serves as a silent host as Williams's spreads posit the dire consequences that could result if sharks disappear, such as the disappearance of fish and a subsequent surge of plankton growth that "could make the ocean a thick sludge." While the scenario is alarming, Williams's cartoons maintain a lighter note, featuring undersea creatures that often sport very human expressions. After taking readers to the hypothetical brink of disaster, Williams circles back and reassures with the message that sharks arestill around and that "all species depend on one another to survive." In the endnotes, readers learn about the biggest threats to sharks: appetites for shark fin soup, overfishing, and other harmful practices. A bibliography and a list of dos and don'ts wrap up a well-executed environmental primer that will leave readers considering the interconnectivity of the planet and its inhabitants. Ages 4–8. Agent: Minju Chang, Bookstop Literary. (June) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Young audiences learn conservation vocabulary and concepts through an illustrated examination of what might happen if sharks were to become extinct. A brown-skinned girl in a boat acts as a guide for this predictive exercise. She first introduces sharks as part of a healthy ocean, then describes the ways in which sharks influence our ecosystem. In accessible language that doesn't shy away from scientific terminology, the book lays out the path of the trophic cascade that might result from a complete shark extinction. Vibrant seascapes full of movement and a diverse array of underwater flora and fauna contrast sharply with spreads of an ocean choked with algae and devoid of wildlife and plants. Ending on a hopeful note that reaffirms the importance of sharks and downplays their scary reputation, Williams appends additional information on threats to sharks, suggestions for child-appropriate actions to take, and an author's note. A former animator, Williams offers illustrations that balance scientific accuracy with a familiar and appealing cartoon quality. Text color and placement and variations in page layout provide plenty of variety and visual interest but may slow down read-alouds. VERDICT While the future is impossible to predict, Williams presents a scientifically grounded view of a world without sharks that should spark discussion and inspire action in budding ecologists. A terrific addition to any school or public library.—Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Hennepin County Library, MN Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A nonfiction picture book tracing the repercussions of what would happen if sharks disappeared from our planet"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Blends scientific and environmental facts in an engagingly illustrated exploration of how the planet would change without its shark populations, explaining how sharks are facing extinction and the important role sharks play in keeping the oceans clean.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Examines what the effects on the environment and the oceans would be if sharks became extinct.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A healthy ocean is home to many different kinds of animals. They can be big, like a whale, tiny, like a shrimp, and even scary, like a shark. Even though sharks can be scary, we need them to keep the oceans healthy. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, many shark species are in danger of extinction, and that can cause big problems in the oceans and even on land. What would happen if this continued and sharks disappeared completely?Artist Lily Williams explores how the disappearance would affect other animals across the whole planet in this clever book about the importance of keeping sharks, and our oceans, healthy.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

What would happen if sharks disappeared from the planet? Find out in this gorgeous, accessible nonfiction picture book that imagines the consequences of an ocean without sharks.