I LOVE books by Steve Jenkins. He's become one of those go-to-authors for making suggestions to picky readers or those parents that just don't quite know how to get their children interested in non-fiction titles. Well...his newest is out and it's just as brilliant and beautiful as all his previous titles. A sure crowd-pleaser.
Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea is like the Planet Earth BBC series on the ocean, in a children's non-fiction book. Jenkins covers typical animals that we've all heard of (sea turtles, tuna, sharks, jellyfish) and well as some amazing marine animals most of us probably have never heard of, including Siphonophore, a totally weird looking bioluminescent animal, the Pelican Eel which is giving me shivers just looking at the picture, and the Fang Tooth which appears like it would bite your arm off in 2 seconds flat. Kids are going to LOVE these cool, creepy sea animals at the bottom of the sea.
Each page has a different theme based around the place in the ocean it's located, such as The Twilight Zone starting at 660 feet, the Dark Zone, starting around 3300 feet, and finally the Marianas Trench which you can find around 36000 feet. CRAZY!! Different animals in these regions are showcased on each page, fabulously illustrated.
A winner for sure, Down, Down, Down belongs on all school and library shelves. I would also highly recommend watching the Planet Earth disc featuring sea life...you'll get to see some of these neat animals, including the glow-in-the-dark fish!
To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.
Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea