Giant Shark: Megalodon, Prehistoric Super Predator

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
For millions of years, a massive shark more than twice as huge as the modern-day great white shark cruised the depths of the ocean, attacking and devouring prey. Fossil remains reveal megalodon to have been more than fifty feet long, with razor-sharp teeth, each the size of a human hand, and jaws so large it could swallow prey larger than a common dolphin. It was the biggest predatory shark ever. Award-winning author Caroline Arnold takes young readers deep beneath the prehistoric sea to investigate the habits of this monstrous shark. Fluid, detailed watercolors accompany this clear and accessible account of one of the most incredible creatures to inhabit our world. Index.

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User Review  - mrea - LibraryThing

This book is packed with fun facts about a behemoth ancient creature called the Megalodon. Did you know that the Megalodon had teeth the size of your hand and a liver that weighed 15 tons? Young readers interested in sharks will find that the Megalodon is the daddy of them all! Read full review

GIANT SHARK: Megalodon, Prehistoric Super Predator

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Get ready for Megalodon, the big-tooth, prehistoric shark that grew longer than a school bus, and downed horse-size animals in a single gulp. A good thing it became extinct about two million years ago ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Caroline Arnold always loved books, but as a child she never thought of writing as a career. Born in Pittsburgh, she grew up in Minneapolis and studied art at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. "It was only after my children were born that I became acquainted with children's books and it occurred to me that I could use my training to become a children's book illustrator. I soon realized that I needed a text to go with the pictures, and the more I wrote, the more I realized that I liked writing as much as or more than drawing. I've always been fascinated by the natural world and love to go to the parks and museums. Perhaps that is why so many of my books are about scientific topics." Arnold is now the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a neuroscientist, and teaches writing at UCLA Extension. For more information visit

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