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Children's Nonfiction Marine Life

Sea Monsters

by (author) Stephen Cumbaa

illustrated by Margot Thompson

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2007
Marine Life
Recommended Age
7 to 10
Recommended Grade
2 to 5
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
    List Price

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Out of print

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Sea monsters don't have it easy. They live in deep water where it's very cold and lonely. They have to keep moving to stay warm and need huge eyes to see in the murky deep. Their monster appetite demands an enormous hunting area. Finding a steady supply of food is no picnic.
They must stay hidden — people are terrified of sea monsters and might try to capture or even kill them. (But think of what fun it would be to surface and scare the wits out of everyone!)
Take a dive into the thrilling depths of

Sea Monsters

. Get to know all sorts of scary beasts of the past and the present. Travel back in time and into the realm of myth and legend. Voyage deep below the surface of today's oceans and lakes. Sea monsters are waiting to be discovered — if you dare!

About the authors

Steve Cumbaa is a paleontologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature, and an award-winning author of science books for children. His books include The Bones Book and Skeleton; The Bones and Skeleton Gamebook (with Karen Anderson);The Neanderthal Book and Skeleton (with Kathlyn Stewart); Megalodon, The Prehistoric Shark (with Susan Hughes); and his most recent, Sea Monsters. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Margot Thompson is an illustrator of children's books including the award-winning Tree of Life, Sea Monsters, Make a Change: Shapes, and Make a Change: Opposites. She also works as a designer at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

[This] elegant picture book ... is a beautifully illustrated introduction to the exciting and monstrous deep-sea menagerie.

CM Magazine

Librarian Reviews

Sea Monsters (A Canadian Museum of Nature Book)

Take a dive into the thrilling depths of the sea and get to know scary beasts of the past and present. Sea monsters are waiting to be discovered — if you dare! Includes oil-painted illustrations and an index.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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