Otis and Will Discover the Deep

The suspenseful, little-known true story of the first dive into the deep ocean. By Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Katherine Roy.

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How to Be an Elephant

What does it take for a baby African elephant to grow up on the savanna? Katherine’s second nonfiction book from Roaring Brook Press.

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Neighborhood Sharks

How do California’s Farallon white sharks hunt their favorite prey? Katherine’s Sibert Honor debut book from Roaring Brook Press.

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The Expeditioners

The adventure continues in the second book of the series! Now available in hardback. By S. S. Taylor, illustrated by Katherine Roy.

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Praise for Katherine's Work

  • Masterful. ✭
    —The Horn Book (starred review)
  • ...exceptional and arresting. ✭
    —Booklist (starred review)
  • ...a rewarding study of a remarkable animal. ✭
    —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • ...a must-have for collections serving elementary school students. ✭
    —School Library Journal (starred review)
  • ...a stunning blend of natural science and art.
    —Kirkus Reviews
  • With vivid paintings and clear, accessible text, Roy creates a heart-stopping look at what great white sharks do best—hunt for their next meal.
    —2015 Sibert Committee (Robert F. Sibert Honor Book)
  • If you read only one children’s shark book in all your livelong days, read this one. Disgusting. Delicious. Delightful.
    —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal
  • Roy explores how this region became a popular dining venue for sharks, considering such factors as the seasonal arrival of young seals packed with a fifty-percent body mass of tasty blubber; the physiological attributes that make sharks apex predators; and the ocean current and weather pat- terns that draw the krill, that draw the seals, that draw the sharks. She also... supplies the watercolor illustrations, which are a successful melding of gory hunting scenes and effective diagrams.
    —The Bulletin
  • It's a feeding frenzy every fall off San Francisco, according to this necessarily gory kid magnet.
    —SF Chronicle Holiday Gift Guide
  • We’ve never truly had a shark book that’s as accomplished and stunning as Katherine Roy’s Neighborhood Sharks. It’s crazy to contemplate that though shark books are never unpopular, only now did someone take the time and effort to give them a publication worthy of their terror and awe.
    —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal
  • The book's watercolor illustration jump out with a fierce beauty; there's plenty of blood in the water, of course.
    —The New York Times Book Review
  • Roy’s reverence for her subject is evident in her majestic underwater scenes, while light humor and rich content round out a standout resource for shark enthusiasts. 
    —Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
  • Katherine Roy’s magically paced book filled breathtaking illustrations just might change the way that I look at nonfiction.
    —Colby Sharp
  • Neighborhood Sharks is the best book I've ever read about sharks. Fascinating and original!
    —Mr. Schu
  • This engaging narrative describes the annual white shark migration to San Francisco's Farallon Islands... Numerous shark-themed informational books have been published in recent years, and this unique treatment deserves a spot on most library shelves.
    —Booklist Review
  • Look closely at the cover of this impressive account of great white sharks off the Northern California coast: that bright red in the illustration is blood trailing from a chunk of freshly killed immature elephant seal - and a signal that Roy's book will fully examine the sometimes chilling, always fascinating details of what makes this animal a predator. 
    —The Horn Book (starred review)
  • For this debut picture book, the author joined researchers who tag and follow these sharks, and she's distilled their findings in a way that's sure to attract young readers... Full of the eww factor, up-to-date facts and kid appeal, this splendid, gory introduction is not for the faint of heart! 
    —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • The action-packed illustrations, rendered in watercolor and pencil with some digital work, are both accurate and captivating. Pair this one with Gail Gibbons’s Sharks (Holiday House, 1992) or Seymour Simon’s Incredible Sharks (Chronicle, 2003). ✭ 
    —School Library Journal (starred review)
  • Consider Ms. Roy a debut to watch.
    —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal
  • Roy's illustrations add another terrific element to the story; the jacket, endpapers, and cover of the hardcover book are stunning.
    —The Show Me Librarian
  • The retro-futuristic technology, never-before-seen sights, and danger provide plenty of fodder for Roy's playful illustrations, which have an adventurous, Jonny Quest flair.
    —Publishers Weekly