STORIES IN A SEASHELL by Alex Nogués Otero

STORIES IN A SEASHELL

Age Range: 3 - 6
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

If you can hear the sea in a seashell, maybe there’s a mermaid or a submarine in there, too, suggests Nogués Otero in this Spanish import.

Young Max, with his bucket and shovel, is kicking around on the beach. He finds a conch shell and puts it up to his ear to “see if it was true that one could hear the sea inside.” In Cabestany’s soft artwork of pencil and paint, a dreamy mood takes over the proceedings. Sitting on the beach, Max listens very carefully and experiences more than just the sound of the surf. He hears/imagines a pirate ship and a castaway holding a coconut head. There is also a mermaid in there, who startles an old man and his cabin boy (who are sailing in a folded-paper boat). Max can hear the calls of puffins and the flapping of their wings. The sea pulling at the stones on the shore in the backwash “made a little noise, like tickling.” A whale “spit gallons and gallons of steam,” though that “steam” looks a lot like fish. Max picks up the presence of “millions of silent jellyfish”—it’s his imagination, after all—and the whale sings its song, which alerts a submarine captain, who ups periscope to spy…a boy on the beach. Nogués Otero’s imagination makes a few odd turns, but since when are dreams beholden to the everyday? Max is depicted with pale skin and hair.

A circular figment that should work well as a lullaby. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-57565-968-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: StarBerry Books
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2018




SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenSEA OF DREAMS by Dennis Nolan
by Dennis Nolan
ChildrenBEACH by Elisha Cooper
by Elisha Cooper
ChildrenBEACH PLAY by Marsha Hayles
by Marsha Hayles
ChildrenTHE SANDCASTLE THAT LOLA BUILT by Megan Maynor
by Megan Maynor