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i bought this book for my 6 yr old niece because she loves mermaids and this book is full of objects that she can point out and name. the colors are so vibrant and its a really good quality book! there was one reviewer who said they didnt like the book because it made sharks out to be scary and i also dont agree with making children afraid of sharks because 100s of millions get murdered each year. however this is a juvenile fiction book. we have to explain to children that what they see in books and movies are people and animals that are exaggerated because when they grow up you wont be able to hide shark movies from them. the book is amazing!
A cute book. About second grade level reader. We got it for a ten year olds birthday, wrote inside the year and who gave it. She loves mermaids and so do my girls. They had already pre-approved. Cute story Beautiful illustrations.
My 6 month old daughter LOVES this book... she laughs and giggles while she's drinking her milk before bed. When we finish the book she does her best Robert Shaw impression from Jaws. She can't really speak yet, but when she says "Dah Dah" I know she really wants to say "Dah- ya know the ting about a mermaid, chief?... Got black lifeless eyes, like a dolls eyes."
My toddler is obsessed with mermaids so this book was a no brainer. We love the “How to catch a” series after finding how to catch an elf around Christmas. These books are beautifully illustrated and well written.
Like most children's books it leaves a lot out of the story but this one is especially poor in that area. It jumps from one incident to another leaving you wonder how it got there. Kids can get lost in detail but this book didn't have even the barest transitions. And, it isn't even cute - there is no cleaver pics or gimmicks for the child to get lost in (so they forget the poor writing). I would choose something else.
Overall, my daughter likes the book. The art is vibrant and engaging for her. But in the end, she wanted more. Specifically she's said "We don't get to see her face" repeatedly referring to the fact that we never see the mermaid's face in the book. Also, my daughter asked me "what's her name?" The book does not reveal the mermaid's name. The mermaid character is smart and crafty, but my daughter didn't get enough of the mermaid and in the end was disappointed.