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“SHARKABET is a fun, unique way to look at the world of shark... Ratfish Ray covers some of the most amazing of the 400+ species of shark on the planet and some extinct sharks too. The pictures are brilliant and every shark fact is clearly among the most fascinating of all shark facts known to humans!”

Chris and Martin Kratt, TV Hosts of Zoboomafoo and Kratts' Creatures

“From Angelsharks to Zebrasharks, Ray Troll provides us all, from zoological professionals to amateur shark fanciers, with a gamut of shark facts, elasmoart, and numerous cartilaginous creatures never before seen or explained. His keen eye and droll wit describe amazing adaptations, behaviors, and trademark Trollisms that left me wishing for a longer alphabet.”

John E. McCosker, PhD, Director emeritus, Steinhart Aquarium, California

“Ray Troll's amazing paintings of shark species, living and extinct, that swim through the pages of SHARKABET will enthrall and delight readers young and old. Like sharks themselves, once Mr. Troll bites into a subject he does not let go until his work is done. SHARKABET overflows with illustrative passion and energy and Mr. Troll's great sense of wonder.”

Bill Curtsinger (Photographer/Author who has photographed over 32 articles for National Geographic, many on sharks and knows too well what it's like to be bitten by the shark thing.)

“Wow, I wish I were a kid again so that I could use SHARKABET to learn my ABC's! But wait - "Ray Troll's new book isn't just for kids. In addition to his off-the-wall (but eminently suitable for framing) drawings of 26 living and extinct sharks and rays, there is plenty of interesting and accurate information about their biology and evolution. What a concept - a book that is meaningful and entertaining to kids and parents alike! Fans of Troll's art will not be disappointed by his latest work - as usual, scientifically accurate depictions of the critters, many illustrated for the first time, placed in unconventional scenarios. It's Escher meets Darwin meets Seuss, a treat for kids of all ages.”

George Burgess (Director, International Shark Attack File/Coordinator of Museum Operations, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, web site: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish)
“I think there are more books out about sharks than there are species of them. Yours is the BEST I have seen for kids and adults (together and separately). Bloated praise, you say? Self-serving hyperbole designed to get me free copies of the book? You bet! However, I mean it. Few books on sharks combine humor, truth, art, and a generous whetting of curiosity. Plus, there are very few (maybe none) that are fun to read that cover both recent and fossil forms. I like it. I like to read it. I like to read it with my granddaughters. I eagerly await the Broadway musical version. ("I am the very model of a modern major selachian. My cousins, aunts and uncles are fossils in mountains Appalachian..." etc.)”

Leighton Taylor, MBA, Ph.D., marine biologist and author/Cloud View Vineyards and Selachian Archives, St. Helena, California "children, artists, and scientists all share the task of making sense of the world and telling others about their discoveries." (discovered and named three species of sharks, including megamouth.)

Ray Troll's SHARKABET is a marvelous introduction to the weird and wonderful world of sharks. Just when you thought you knew all there was to know, he shows you "Listracanthus," a shark in a fur coat, or "Ornithoprion," a shark with can-opener jaws. You'll learn a lot from this little book, and have a jolly good time doing it.

Richard Ellis (noted marine artist and author of Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea. Oct 2001, and many other titles.)

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the library! I am delighted to present Ray Troll's SHARKABET book, a wonderful gallery showcasing the fascinating world of sharks and their kin, beautifully illustrated in his own quirky style. Its not only a great way for kids to learn their ABCs and find out about some of the weirdest critters that ever swam our seas, but its full of interesting facts and figures about the world of sharks. Its amazing that there's actually a shark for every letter of the alphabet, even the X!. The SHARKABET book also highlights the wide diversity of shape and form of the cartilaginous fishes throughout their 400 million year history, from the obscure little Cookie Cutter tothe veritable giants like the 50 foot long killer megalodon and the modern whale sharks. Perhaps the most bizarre fishes that ever swam include some of these prehistoric beasties - extinct sharks with saw-toothed whorls on their jaws, sharks with armoured denticles covering their backs, even bizarre buck-toothed sharks. This book is pure fun and will amuse and educate any child or adut who has an interest in our natural world. After looking at this book, you'll see that they are some of coolest fishes to ever grace our seas, rivers and lakes.”

Dr John A. Long, Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology, The Western Australian Museum

“. . .Richly informational. . . Shark-lovers of all ages, not just children, will be fascinated by it.”

Maron L. Waxman, Director, American Museum of Natural History Department of Special Publishing

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