Saturday, February 1, 2020

Review - Big Whales, Small World

Big Whales, Small World
by Mark Leiren-Young
Date: 2020
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book non-fiction
Pages: 24
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

In Big Whales, Small World you will meet whales from around the world. This rhyming photographic board book visits the oceans of places like New Zealand, Russia and South America. Writer, filmmaker and orca activist Mark Leiren-Young introduces young readers to blue whales bigger than dinosaurs and tiny vaquitas who swim close to shores.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is a beautiful little board book. Stunning photographs are paired with simple rhyming text to introduce young readers to a variety of whales from all over the world. There are the more familiar orcas and humpbacks, but also some species you might never have heard of before, such as bowheads and beaked whales. The book ends with a note about whales going to sleep, so it might be a nice title to wind down with at bedtime.

Overall, this is a strong non-fiction board book for toddlers. I definitely recommend it.

Thank you to NetGalley and Orca Book Publishers for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.86 out of 5

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