Each text aptly demonstrates the intelligence of its subject. Sea lions have been trained by the U.S. Navy to help guard harbors and recover items lost in the oceans. Octopuses are problem-solvers. The texts are easy to follow and understand, and large, clear photographs draw in readers. Each book includes a map showing where the animals can be found, and Octopuses has a handy diagram that labels body parts. This is helpful because in some photographs it’s difficult to see the “beak” and “siphon.” A “Just the Facts” page gives information about the animals’ size, life span, habitat, etc. Both titles are accessible to report writers, browsers, and reluctant readers. Attractive choices.