If you can’t visit Te Papa and see the only Ngu (colossal squid) on display in the world, then reading this book is the next best thing. The author speaks directly to the reader, taking them on a journey to the Ross Sea, in language that’s easy to understand and very engaging. A colossal squid’s life, from birth to death, is explained with stunning illustrations and diagrams enhancing the reader’s experience and understanding. Three double-gate folds show lovely visuals of the squid’s fellow sea-dwellers with speech bubbles of explanatory text.
This book also touches on the importance and hostile nature of the Antarctic habitat, Māori exploration, and research and conservation.
Te Reo Māori terms are used and there is a Kupu (glossary with te reo Pākehā translation) at the back of the book. There is also a handy list of squid words with explanations.
This book would be a great asset in any school library: older children will enjoy it for themselves, or teachers/caregivers can take younger readers through the book as there is much to engage a wide age range.
Title: Whiti: Colossal Squid of the Deep
Author: Victoria Cleal
Illustrator: Isobel Joy Te Aho-White
Publisher: Te Papa Press
Date of Publication: October 2020
Reviewer: Nova Gibson, Library Manager, Massey Primary School
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
Opening line: Antarctica – brr! Looking for a colossal squid?
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