Saturday 1 October 2022

How We Came to Be: Surprising Sea Creatures

How We Came to Be: Surprising Sea Creatures by Sami Bayly (Hachette) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9780734421364

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Award-winning author and illustrator Sami Bayly loves exploring interesting and extraordinary creatures, those that don’t usually get a lot of attention. This time, Sami goes on an underwater journey to discover a myriad of unusual deep-sea dwellers.

The audience follows Sami, in her yellow diving suit, on a deep dive through each of the five different ocean zones as she discovers a myriad of weird and wonderful sea creatures. As Sami and the deep-sea creatures converse (depicted in speech bubbles), readers learn about the important features of each of these incredible sea creatures, and how they have evolved. Sami meets a giant oarfish, a tripod spiderfish, and a hadal snailfish among many others. The final double-page spread includes a host of fascinating facts about 10 more surprising deep-sea creatures.

How We Came to Be: Surprising Sea Creatures combines a gentle narrative with fun facts, making it both informative and entertaining for a young audience. This picture book is highly recommended and is sure to delight any inquisitive primary school student

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