Secrets of the Sea by Eleanor Taylor


Written and edited by Kate Baker.

Published by Big Picture Press, 2016.

Lobster eggs under a microscope 

The publishers Big Picture Press are renowned for their high quality, highly desirable non-fiction and Secrets of the Sea is a stunning addition to any bookshelf or coffee table. It is beautifully and richly illustrated by Eleanor Taylor, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, who delights us with unfamiliar details and unexpected perspectives. There are close ups, cross sections, views from under a microscope, and illustrations of deep sea creatures that have rarely been seen by humans.

Sea sparkle under a microscope 

The book is divided into five sections and each one transports you to a different part of the sea: the shallows, the coastal kelp forests, coral reefs, deeper open waters, and the hidden depths of the ocean. A fascinating array of animals and micro-organisms are depicted. For each creature there is a full page, full colour illustration and an accompanying page of text. Here we are told the animal’s Latin name and its size. Then there’s a paragraph of information followed by three ‘wow’ facts.




Close up of a purple sea urchin

Children will be captivated and intrigued by the illustrations and fascinated by the facts. There’s a wealth of exciting information that they’ll want to share with their friends and family and I can see that there will be lots of excited “Did you know…?” conversations prompted by this book.

Secrets of the Sea is a book to pore over and enjoy, and one which can be returned to again and again.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 7+

Thank you to Big Picture Press for sending me this book to review.

One comment

  1. My youngest will love this. Anything animal, sea, air or land!! She is reading Cole’s Perfect Puppy by Frances Crossno, Not just about a puppy, it’s story of friendship is really beautiful. As long as she is getting something out of what she reads I am happy!

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