A Spectacular Selection of Sea Critters

Concrete Poems

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

What might you see if you swam in the sea? Dive on in to encounter everything from dolphins and octopuses to sea turtles and squirrel fish. This clever book features concrete poems about a spectacular selection of sea critters.

The award-winning duo behind A Curious Collection of Cats and A Dazzling Display of Dogs created this collection of twenty-nine visual poems celebrating creatures of the sea. Ocean observers and animal aficionados are sure to find these selections sensational!

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-10-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF042000, JNF003150, JNF003090
Dewey 811'.54
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Guided Reading Level P
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, Winner, 2016


Publishers Weekly

“[An] entertaining grouping of concrete poems. . . . Rendered in vibrant blues and oranges, Wertz’s bold, graphic compositions playfully call to mind posters one might see at a seaside festival.”—Publishers Weekly


“This exploration of marine animals around a coral reef is a clever blend of eye-catching pictorials and jaunty, concrete poems. . . . [T]his book’s playful design will likely make a splash among young readers.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“At once light, visually playful, and educational, Franco and Wertz’s latest collaboration proves the third time’s a charm.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“A dazzling compilation of concrete poetry that highlights marine life, this book lives up to its title. . . . A great addition.”—School Library Journal

Author: Betsy Franco

Betsy Franco is the author of many books, including Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree and A Dazzling Display of Dogs. She lives in northern California.

Illustrator: Michael Wertz

Michael Wertz is a commercial artist who creates images for books, products, ads, CDs, and movie trailers. He lives in Oakland, California, and teaches at the California College of the Arts in the illustration department.