Nudi Gill: Poison Powerhouse of the Sea
DescriptionMeet Gill, a flashy nudibranch (noo-de-brank) living a fierce and fascinating life in the ocean without a shell and completely . . .NAKED! When a curious young snorkeler stumbles upon Gill, she learns there is more than meets the eye when it comes to her sassy new friend. This soft-bodied mollusk is anything but vulnerable, turning a diet of dangerous ocean creatures into a poisonous sting of its own. Found in unique shapes and colors in every ocean throughout the world, Gill and his diverse family of nudibranchs serve as a reminder that being small doesn't mean you can't have it all! With illustrations as striking and colorful as Gill himself, this is an underwater adventure like no other where young readers can see for themselves what makes Gill and his fabulous family of nudibranchs tiny, but mighty poison powerhouses of the sea.
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"This is a twofer: a story about a little girl going snorkeling and meeting a new friend, Gill, and a nonfiction overview of the little-covered nudibranch, a brightly colored type of sea slug. Boisterous Gill introduces himself to the explorer by telling her the bare facts: "I'm a nudibranch. I am flashy. I am fancy. I am . . . NAKED!" Text bubbles explain that while some other marine creatures have shells, Gill and his ilk lack them. "I am what I eat" is his next exclamation, in response to the girl's observation that he's colorful, with text explaining that, underwater, bright colors warn of poison. "Nudibranchs consume poison, absorbing it into their flesh. Predators that try to eat them get a nasty sting," explains Kelso. Other facts follow, with the friends frolicking while readers absorb the information. Children will enjoy the brightly colored, digitally generated images, which have an animated feel; a bonus is the (labeled) depictions of other types of marine life, which will allow adult readers to extend the learning by discussing more than the starring nudibranch." - Booklist