Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Candace Fleming
Illustrator: Eric Rohmann
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
The author lets readers imagine what this book might be about with descriptive yet vague text on the first few pages. Giant squids are mysterious creatures that often remain hidden from view. Readers become scientists as they learn how giant squids catch pray, attract mates, mature biologically, and camouflage their appearance. The book also includes a diagram in the back that details the many parts and functions of a giant squid.
Caldecott Medal Winner Eric Rohmann covers each spread of this book with remarkable illustrations, capturing the incredible size of these squids by depicting them across multiple page spreads. There is a four-page foldout in the middle of the book that will make you feel like you are lurking down in the depths of the ocean right along with a giant squid! Educators will enjoy the information in the back of the book that includes a bibliography, online resources, and other reference books to extend student learning. Giant Squid won the Sibert Honor in 2017 as well as the Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor in 2017.