Book Review: Fish Kid and the Mega Manta Ray

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Fish Kid and the Mega Manta Ray by Kylie Howarth

Bodhi the Fish Kid and his friend Emely return for a brand new adventure in Fish Kid and the Mega Manta Ray! Armed with superpowers that let him breathe underwater and swim without flippers, Bodhi’s fun-filled marine animal adventures shine a light on environmental problems facing the world’s oceans.

Bodhi and Emely return from the Galapagos Islands, where Bodhi’s parents work as a marine biologist and underwater photographer. Back in Australia, Bodhi’s grandfather has been lonely ever since his wife vanished at sea a year ago. The mystery of Nan’s disappearance hangs over the story even as the children learn all about the manta rays that she used to love.

When one of the manta rays gets tangled in a stray piece of netting floating in the ocean, it’s up to Fish Kid to save the day and solve his grandmother’s disappearance at the same time. A pacy adventure story, readers will be drawn in by the excitement of Bodhi’s escapades. The black and white illustrations carefully depict the different sea creatures he encounters. Fun facts about different sea creatures can be found between chapters, breaking up the story and offering some learning points.

The Fish Kid series continues to intersperse issues of climate change and ocean pollution into its story to great effect, drawing attention to real life issues throughout the story. While this is the second book in the series, it can be read on its own. An excellent read for ages 7 and up, especially for anyone looking for reading material with an environmentally-conscious or ocean creature bent!

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Also in the series: Fish Kid and the Lizard Ninja


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