THE SIGN OF THE SEAHORSE by Graeme Base

THE SIGN OF THE SEAHORSE

A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts
Age Range: 6 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The Australian creator of the best-selling Animalia (1987) concocts an underwater yarn in which the ugly Grouper and his henchmen, who have opened up some barrels of toxic waste on the ocean floor in a real-estate takeover attempt, are heroically outwitted by an intrepid band of soldier crabs in full regimental regalia, the amiable Pearl (waitress at the Seahorse Cafe), and the ``Catfish Gang,'' including Pearl's loutish brother Finneus (``really just your normal teenage Trout''). All of this is related in interminable, relentlessly rhythmic doggerel--peppered with clever turns of phrase, but not enough to spice this abundant fish stew. What will draw readers, and buyers, is the art: a fully imagined underwater world where a sea snail may carry a backpack complete with kettle and kitchen sink, the fishy heroine wears an apron and pearls, and each believably fishy face is also a witty human caricature. At least as imaginative as--and less earnest than--Gurney's Dinotopia (p. 921), and illustrated with greater skill; there's also the ecological message. (Picture book. 6+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-8109-3825-1
Page count: 44pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1992




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