MANFISH by Jennifer Berne
Kirkus Star

MANFISH

The Story of Jacques Cousteau
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 7 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

This moving tribute to the great nautical observer and filmmaker is shot through with an authentically childlike sense of adventure and the thrill of discovery. Curious about the world, and especially the oceans, from his earliest years, Cousteau experimented with cameras, dreamed of flying and grew up to combine these interests—inventing the aqualung along the way so that he and his friends could see and record more of the deep’s treasures. Puybaret ventures into Mary GrandPré territory with his shimmering, stylized seascapes, depicting long-bodied divers slipping sinuously through schools of brightly patterned fish and other sea life. Climaxing with a spectacular double foldout and closing with both an environmental warning and a wish that “someday it would be you, exploring worlds never seen, never imagined,” this poetic profile of a doer and a dreamer is certain to inspire fresh interest in discovering, and in caring for, our world’s wonders. (author’s note) (Picture book/biography. 7-11)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8118-6063-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Chronicle
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2008




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