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Sharks A Mighty Bite-y History


A Mighty Bite-y History

By Miriam Forster
Illustrator Gordy Wright


Price: $24.99

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  • Publication Date: May 10, 2022
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Trim Size: 10 12 x 14 12
  • ISBN: 9781419747731
  • Page Count: 80
  • Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
  • Rights: World/All

An epic, oversize nonfiction picture book in the vein of Bees: A Honeyed History—all about sharks and their prehistoric predecessors

Sharks are some of the oldest creatures on the earth (or, rather, in its waters). This epic survey follows sharks from their earliest appearance in the Paleozoic era up through the challenges they face today.

Along the way, readers will meet many different sharks from different points in history. They will get an up-close evolutionary look at what makes a shark a shark—like their skin, their teeth, their fins, and more. And they will get a crash course in archeological time, as the book mostly covers prehistoric sharks or modern-day sharks who have been around much longer than humans. Like the hammerhead, who has been patrolling tropical coastlines for more than 20 million years!

With lush illustrations from Gordy Wright and meticulous research from author Miriam Forster, Sharks: A Mighty, Bite-y History is sure to delight shark lovers, science fans, and any reader who loves to discover new wonders about the world around them.


"Throughout the timeline are “Toolbox” asides, which creatively signal the behaviors, anatomical features, and adaptations that contributed to a group’s survival. Wright’s illustrations of sharks swimming through their watery habitats provide lots of details to observe; the creatures’ rounded, cartoonlike eyes imbue them with personality." 
The Horn Book Magazine

About the author

Miriam Forster loves science, history, and animals, especially the weird prehistoric ones. She’s been a waiter, a barista, a daycare worker, a bookseller, and she is currently an author of young adult fiction, and a fact checker for children’s books. Forster lives in Oregon with her husband, child and a grumpy old cat. Gordy Wright is a freelance illustrator and printmaker working from his studio in Bristol, UK. You can visit him at