Real-Life Sea Monsters

From the Series On My Own Science

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Long ago, sailors told tales about terrible monsters that lurked in the sea. Many of their stories may have been based on amazing—but real—sea creatures. Giant squid catch their food with tentacles and fight huge sperm whales. Manatees breathe air and must eat 100 pounds of food every day. Fifty-foot long oarfish have silvery, snakelike bodies. What monsters could they have inspired? Find out more about these real-life sea monsters and the scary stories sailors told about them!

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Category Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2007-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.5
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
Dewey 591.77
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 690
ATOS Reading Level 4.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 117903
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • CBC Children's Choices, Winner, 2008


Kirkus Reviews

“A new addition to the expanding and worthy On My Own Science series makes science feel as mysterious and exciting as science fiction. Jango-Cohen stirs the imagination by sharing spooky sea lore and then moves to scientific research to examine the reality within the myth. . . Durney’s pearlescent, flowing illustrations make for an eerie and alluring underwater effect.” —Kirkus

The Horn Book Guide

“Slick-looking illustrations ably support the text with eye-catching sea animals. . .” —The Horn Book Guide

Author: Judith Jango-Cohen

Judith Jango-Cohen's career began in the classroom, where she created lessons to excite her students' interest in science. Eleven years later, after the birth of her two children, she turned to writing full time. Her adventures as a naturalist and photographer have inspired her forty-two books, which cover an assortment of subjects from Bionics to Ben Franklin and from ladybugs to librarians. Besides researching and writing books, Judith also writes science news stories for Scholastic classroom magazines.As a former teacher, Judith loves visiting classrooms and libraries to share her stories as a writer/photographer and to help children learn to express themselves through poetry and prose. She also enjoys meeting teachers and librarians when she presents programs at conferences.Judith's titles have been selected for the Children's Choices Reading List by the IRA/CBC, recommended by the National Science Teacher’s Association, chosen for the Children's Literature Choice List, named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book by the NCSS/CBC, and selected as Best Children's Books of the Year by the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College.

Illustrator: Ryan Durney