Shark Lady Review

At 9 years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but Eugenie knew better and set out to prove it. Despite many obstacles in her path, Eugenie was able to study the creatures she loved so much. From her many discoveries to the shark-related myths she dispelled, Eugenie’s wide scientific contributions led to the well-earned nickname “Shark Lady.”


Shark Lady Review

Jess Keating effortlessly tells the story of Eugenie Clark, the Shark Lady, in this illustrated biography meant for beginning readers. She keeps the story as simple and easy to understand as is possible. It is obvious that Eugenie was a very determined child that grew up to become an equally determined woman. I

Marta Alvarez Miguens did a fantastic job illustrating Shark Lady. There are lots of small details, such as a determined squint of Eugenie’s eyes, which really add to the story being told. The colors are bold and bright, and the lines are sharp and clean.

The first 28 pages tell the story of Eugenie’s early fascination with sharks and how it became the driving force in her life. After that, the book gives a small section called “Shark Bites” that gives little readers some cool facts about sharks. It wraps up with an illustrated timeline of Eugenie Clark’s life.

Overall, it is a beautiful book that gives little girls another female scientist to look up to. Jess Keating and Marta Alvarez Miguens make a wonderful picture-book team, and The Shark Lady will be an asset to any library (home or otherwise) that picks it up.

  • Title: Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist
  • Author: Jess Keating (site)
  • Illustrator: Marta Alvarez Miguens
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
  • Pub. Date: June 1st, 2017
  • Pages: 36
  • ISBN13: 9781492642046
  • Source: Received a copy from Netgalley for review consideration.
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