Reviews for Gone Fishing : Ocean Life by the Numbers


Booklist Reviews 2008 December #1
From the author of Caldecott Honor Book Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet Book (2006), comes this picture book that uses numbers as a vehicle for presenting striking images and bits of information about animals living in oceans and along shorelines. A typical page features a large picture representing a number from 1 to 10, with each numeral made up of all or part of a sea creature s body. The pages also list the animals common and scientific names, class, habitat, region, threats, and status.  The large pictures are bold black-and-white images on blue pages or blue-and-white ones on black. Appended pages present further information on the mentioned animals,  threats to the world s oceans as well as a list of organizations and a bibliography of recommended reading. Given the book s "numbers 1-to-10" concept, picture-book format, vis-a-vis its relatively high reading level, the audience is an open question, but perhaps creative teachers will find the answer. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
This cautionary counting book features dramatically stylized sea creatures--many threatened or endangered--using only three contrasting colors: black, blue, and white. The pages show a large numeral from one to ten configured from a sea creature, with accompanying scientific information, augmented by end matter. This handsome, useful book is for an older audience than the format would suggest. Reading list, websites. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2008 September #1
In a visually gripping follow-up to his Caldecott Honor-winning Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet (2006), McLimans has created a gallery of threatened or officially endangered sea creatures shaped like the numerals 1 to 10 and back. As stylized as animals in Northwest Coastal art and rendered in black, white and a particularly intense blue, each of the central figures is flanked by a smaller, more realistic silhouette, plus basic habitat and status information. With rare exceptions, such as a blue marlin pretzeled into the shape of a 4 and a blue ringed octopus that loses two of its eight legs in becoming an 8, the numerical conceit works brilliantly. Both the humpback whale and the bottlenose dolphin (each a 2) burst powerfully out of the water, a great white shark spirals toothily toward the viewer (6) and the rotund porcupinefish and splitfin flashlightfish do double duty as halves of 10 and as burgeoning zeroes in a central spread of "Ocean Facts By The Numbers." As informative as it is gorgeous. (additional animal and oceanic facts, resources) (Informational picture book. 8-11) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2008 November/December
A counting book with a difference, this title presents not only numbers, but also uses those numbers to make readers aware of dangers to the ocean environment. First, each number counting from one to 10 is a threatened ocean animal. Facts are given about each, including its current status. In the center of the book are ocean facts presented with rounded numbers from one to 1 billion. The book then counts down from 10 to one with more threatened animals presented. End materials present more information on each animal, some facts about Earth and its oceans, and places to learn more. End papers show a world map with icons placed where the particular animal lives. The book presents much good information, but in a way that won?t overwhelm younger readers. The pictures are rendered in pencil, pen, brush, and India ink on Bristol board, and on the computer in black, blue, and white. The animals for the basic numbers take on the shape of the numbers with a graphic representation of the real animal shape nearby. The work is definitely one to add to an environmental protection section to help both younger and older readers learn more. Recommended. Betsy Ruffin, Librarian, Irving Elementary, Cleburne, Texas ¬ 2008 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 October

Gr 3-5-- Using animal-shaped numbers from 1 to 10 and back again, McLimans introduces various marine creatures and their survival status. An African penguin, sea lamprey, tiger tail sea horse, and blue-ringed octopus are among the featured species. The text boxes accompanying each entry are not offset as distinctly as they were in the author's Gone Wild (Walker, 2006), so viewers are not sure where to look first. The boxes include the class to which each marine animal belongs, its habitat, aquatic region, threats, and status ("vulnerable," "endangered," and "critically endangered"), but the terms are not defined. Between the count up and count down is a spread of "Ocean Facts by the Numbers," which presents various statistics in the power of 10. For example, "Less than 1 percent of water on Earth is freshwater," "Plastic waste kills up to 1 million seabirds every year," and "About 1 billion people live in coastal urban centers, and the resulting overdevelopment threatens almost 50 percent of the world's coastal habitats." The black silhouetted numbers are sinuous and compelling in this unique and imaginative description of the dangers facing ocean life today.--Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

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