Shimmer & Splash The Sparkling World of Sea Life by Jim Arnosky


Shimmer & Splash The Sparkling World of Sea Life by Jim Arnosky

What can you see in the deep blue sea? Dolphins, stingrays, men o' war and more! In Shimmer and Splash, acclaimed author and artist Jim Arnosky, whose award-winning nature books delight children, parents and teachers alike, captures the endless variety of spectacular marine species. From the beautiful (starfish, coral reefs) to the scary (sharks, barracudas) to the yucky (jellyfish), these undersea inhabitants and 7 gatefolds will amaze kids.


Arnosky has been directing his painterly eye and literary hand to the natural world for many years, ranging from artful works on raccoons in a cornfield to taloned raptors in the ether. Here he turns his considerable talents to life in the sea in the style of previous works such as Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators (2011) and Slither and Crawl: Eye to Eye with Reptiles (2009, both Sterling). With foldout pages and many life-size illustrations, this overview is less tightly focused, touching on sea life from coral reefs to sailfish, from sea jellies to fiddler crabs, all depicted in a burst of shimmering blues and greens with splashes of yellow. The informative and lucid text is larded with personal experiences as Arnosky wades, kayaks, boats, and fishes in the sparkling world of water he so obviously enjoys. Soft pencil sketches ranging from coral species to sharks

's prose is both solidly informational and lyrical as it introduces each animal: 'Some jellyfish such as the moon jellyfish and upside-down jellyfish can swim from place to place by undulating their bodies.'

; his respect for the natural world, contagious. Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

About the Author

Jim Arnosky is the author/illustrator of more than 100 books for young readers, and has been honored for his overall contribution to literature for children. Many of his books have been chosen as ALA Notable Books, including Drawing from Nature, a Christopher Award-winner, and he has collected many starred reviews. His first book for Sterling, Wild Tracks! (9781402739859), was a 2008 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; 2009 ALA Notable; and received starred reviews in Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal. Visit to learn more.

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40 pages
Interest Age: 6-10


Jim Arnosky
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Publication date

2nd May 2013



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