The photographs are bright, lively, and beautiful! The backgrounds of each page are also bright and perfectly contrast the photographs. The font is black throughout the book but with lots of colored text boxes overlapping. There is a perfect, organized balance of text, color, and shape on every page. I didn't feel overstimulated at all!
At the end of the text there are Parent Tips for every parent including games and activities to conduct with their children. This is followed by a large, two-page spread of a world map. Each continent and ocean is labeled and there is a corresponding text box that identifies which animal lives in which ocean. The glossary and index are both very organized and child-friendly to manipulate. This nonfiction text could be easily enjoyed by all elementary aged children! Although the younger students will definitely need assistance decoding and comprehending some of the larger ocean specific vocabulary words.
On the back title page is the dedication of the book. Normally I wouldn't focus too much on the dedication but I found this one to be extremely touching and beautiful. It reads:
"Dedicated to Ana, Allison, Avielle, Benjamin, Caroline, Catherine, Charolette, Chase, Daniel, Dylan, Emilie, Grace, Jack, James, Jesse, Jessica, Josephine, Madeleine, Nash, and Olivia, the Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers and staff who bravely tried to protect them, and their loving families." Is that not cause enough to buy this book?