DEEP SEA DIVE by Salina Yoon

DEEP SEA DIVE

Lift-the-Flap Adventures
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Age Range: 2 - 3
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A diver directly recruits his audience to explore the salty sea.

Closed, the shaped cover follows the curve of the diver’s helmet; open, it evokes goggles through which readers can explore the deep. A variety of underwater creatures are revealed through lifting flaps; brief rhyming text on the undersides of the flaps provides a little informational heft. These rhymes are not distinguished by their lyricism, alas. “Jellyfish are pretty— / some glow in the dark. / But don't swim too close— / their sting leaves a mark.” The simply drawn creatures are not depicted to scale. The seahorse dominates its page, while the toothy shark appears shorter than the sea turtle. Two-toned blue backgrounds evoke waves. Space Walk uses an identical format to survey the planets (all eight of them) and is equally superficial.

The sparkly cover and less-than-exciting interactive elements fail to fully convey the majesty of the watery deep. (Board book. 2-3)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4027-8525-2
Page count: 12pp
Publisher: Sterling
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2012




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