Author(s): Owen Davey (Illustrator)
It's time to learn about the sea's most feared (and most misunderstood) residents: sharks
Owen Davey returns to nonfiction to explain the mysteries of those denizens of the deep. Some deadly, some not-so-deadly, and almost all just generally misunderstood. Exciting and detailed illustrations fill the page and educate young readers about these thrilling residents of the sea Delivering information with the same whimsical text and brash illustration that saw his previous book win the affection of the Wall Street Journal, Smart About Sharks is sure to have teeth
It s an engaging and visually sophisticated addition to shark-lovers libraries."Publishers Weekly" Kids love sharks. Owen Davey's Smart About Sharks is going to jump off the shelves and demand to go home with these kids. What's not to love? There are great infographics giving out wild information (wait until you see all the different kinds of teeth found in sharks across the world), bright, brilliant artwork with a retro feel to it, and tons of facts about sharks, including a debunking of their status as maneaters: if you're on a surfboard, you look like a seal, and the book has the artwork to prove it."Books For Kids" PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS BY OWEN DAVEYOn Owen's previous book in the series, "Mad About Monkeys," an ALSC Notable Children's BookTackling a topic as general as monkeys is a tall order for a picture book, but this one succeeds admirably.  Davey keeps things lively by relating specific traits of various monkey species  and these serve not only to pique readers' curiosity, but also to highlight the primates' diversity. The design of the book is stellar, interweaving text and stylized-but-accurate illustrations into a vibrant, cohesive whole that stands out for its appeal and clarity. A vast amount of information on monkeys is expertly delivered in both text and image without patronizing either readers or monkeysa delight."Kirkus, Starred Review" A semi-irreverent tone and stylish images combine to create an arresting and informative guide to simian nature."Publishers Weekly" Full of bared fangs, long tails and witty descriptions, this elegant book is likely to commend itself even to readers a good deal older than those for whom it is designed."Wall Street Journal" Davey s striking illustrations and bold graphic design are the highlights of this compendium of facts about monkeys. He deftly draws on their varied and unusual physical features to produce eye-catching images that will attract browsers."School Library Journal" Owen Davey presents a stunning and richly informative primer on these marvelous primates.  With art that calls to mind Charley Harper and the golden age of mid-century children s book illustration, Davey explores the glorious diversity of these weird and wonderful creatures, their sophisticated social life, and their elaborate communication style "Brain Pickings" This nonfiction picture book colorfully and innovatively educates readers about various types of monkeys from around the world without being pedantic. Jazzy illustrations resembling a graphic arts styled poster accurately depict several species of monkeys. [...] helpful examples, guiding illustrations, and comical phrases like But why such colorful bums? I hear you ask will leave readers feeling like they are on a lively safari."OmniLibros" On Owen Davey's children's book, "Night Knight" "An outstanding picture book. "The Guardian" "Davey, a British illustrator, uses a striking palette of ocher, orange and cinnamon in this delightful debut, which recreates the imaginative pre-bedtime rituals of the aspiring titular knight. Simple, sweet and bound to induce sleep.""The New York Times" Davey creates a visually striking celebration of the last imaginative hurrah before bedtime."Publisher s Weekly" Every spread of this visually stunning British import is suitable for framing. Hip, stylized, beautifully composed cut-paper collages evoke the rich ornamentation of any self-respecting medieval fantasy, all saturated in a warm palette of deep gold, burgundy, rusts and oranges on what looks like handmade paper...A visual feast for very youngest fans of knights and castles."Kirkus" On Davey's previous book, Laika: "Owen s trademark folky style makes his wordless books just as appealing to adults as they are to children, allowing him to bridge gaps between audiences in the most effortless of ways. "It s Nice That""
Owen Davey is a freelance illustrator, living and working out of Leicester, UK. He graduated with a First Class BA in Illustration from Falmouth University. Davey's work has been published in every continent (except Antarctica), including picture books in the UK, America, Australia, Germany, France, Portugal, China Korea. He has worked for some impressive clients, including the New York Times, Microsoft and Orange. This is his first book about sharks.