Published by Tilbury House Publishers
Summary: A tiny egg sinks deep into the ocean. As the days pass it changes shape, growing spines, eyes, and a mouth. In four weeks, the organism travels almost two miles from the depths of the sea to the surface. Finally, it is a full-grown krill, with 26 legs and spots that can light up. There are millions and millions of other krill, and it’s a good thing because they provide food for all kinds of animals like seabirds, penguins, and the gigantic blue whale. Includes additional facts about krill and a list of resources: books, websites, and a National Geographic game called Krill Smackdown. 36 pages; grades 1-4.
Pros: It seems like it would take considerable creative energy to write an engaging story about an animal whose main purpose in life is to be eaten, and to illustrate it with a cute and endearing krill, but this team has pulled it off. The additional material at the end makes it a good research resource and emphasizes the important role krill plays in food chains around the world.
Cons: Kids may need to be persuaded that they really want to read a book about krill.