WAY DOWN DEEP IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Jan Peck

WAY DOWN DEEP IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA

by & illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A familiar premise feels unexpectedly fresh in this engaging underwater adventure. The unnamed narrator, a carrot-topped boy, dives repeatedly, meeting and greeting a different animal each time as he searches for treasure. Pleasingly rhythmic verses and a repeating refrain move the story along smoothly. Digitally rendered double-page illustrations resemble oil paintings, with big broad brushstrokes and bold, brightly colored images. The font is well chosen, enhancing the playful tone yet still clear and easy to read, a particularly impressive achievement given that the text most often appears on a blue background. Few readers will be surprised to discover that the seahorse, starfish, shark, and other animals found in this “sea” are actually tub toys. But because this revelation is not the point of the story, young listeners will likely enjoy tagging along on this imaginary journey more than once. Dive on in, the water’s fine. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-689-85110-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2004




MORE BY JAN PECK

ChildrenTHE GREEN MOTHER GOOSE by Jan Peck
by Jan Peck
ChildrenWAY FAR AWAY ON A WILD SAFARI by Jan Peck
by Jan Peck

MORE BY VALERIA PETRONE

ChildrenPIRATE NAP by Danna Smith
by Danna Smith
ChildrenPOTTY ANIMALS by Hope Vestergaard
by Hope Vestergaard
ChildrenTWO AT THE ZOO by Danna Smith
by Danna Smith
ChildrenHORRIS GROWS DOWN by Shari Becker
by Shari Becker
ChildrenWAY FAR AWAY ON A WILD SAFARI by Jan Peck
by Jan Peck

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE NATURE GIRLS by Aki
by Aki
ChildrenI LOVE SHARKS, TOO! by Leanne Shirtliffe
by Leanne Shirtliffe
ChildrenPUDDLE JUMPERS by Anne Margaret Lewis
by Anne Margaret Lewis