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Octonauts And The Sea Of Shade Paperback – Nov 23 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Nov. 23 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007312520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007312528
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 0.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I am totally charmed by the illustrations and story line of this sequel...Both are by Meomi and filled with adorable Japanese style cuties that have undersea adventures. For some reason the scenes remind me of the Teletubbies and the surreal fantasy world that they live in. The Octonauts and their adventures will be easily loved by little ones but I find the illustrations are very inspiring for an adult too.” - Bella Dia

“I am always in search of children’s books that are slightly offbeat and unique. It keeps things interesting for the grownups and the kids...The illustrations in Octonauts are vibrant and detailed. They are the kind of illustrations that the kids stare at for a while, so they can find all the intricate story and character details that are not explained in the text.”
- MamaLibrarian

“An important lesson is taught about not taking important things for granted. Are we taking important things for granted in our world such as our environment? Although the book appeals to young children, it has a wry sense of humour which will also appeal to adult readers. The illustrator is not afraid to be adventurous…All in all, the book provides a feast for the eyes!... Meomi’s story will inspire discussion about issues as far ranging as underwater creatures, shadows, submarines, friendship, and traveling to different parts of the underwater world. Recommended." - CM magazine (Canadian Review of Materials)

“It's the myriad fanciful details in the intricate undersea illustrations that will attract kids, who may also have a bit of fun with the text's scientific-sounding language” – American Library Association, Booklist

“I've been a fan of Meomi for a number of years and it's not surprising that her acquired craft as an illustrator, her attention to details and the passion shown to illustrating sweetness would take the form of children books. The characters have each a compelling personality and the story is a voyage in the realm of a very fertile imagination and the plot unfolds with page after page of visual goodness…Mind you, if you're a serious illustrator, her books are a must have for study and reference.” - NetDiver
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

MEOMI is Vicki Wong (Vancouver, Canada) and Michael Murphy (Los Angeles, USA). Meomi's characters have appeared on clothing, toys, merchandise and magazines worldwide. They are the designers of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic mascots and create art and animation for numerous international clients. Meomi likes giant sea snails, ukuleles, afternoon tea and mud puppies. Visit them at

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Format: Paperback
This is book two of the original books that inspired the TV show and it differs to what you get on the show. This one is based more in fantasy. There are real and fictional sea creatures, and fictional places including the Sea of Shade.

The resident crew of the Octopod is disturbed by the sudden disappearance of shadows. The intrepid crew begins a quest to the hidden realm of the Sea of Shade to beg an audience before the Shade King and unearth the mystery.

The story is adventurous and fun. As the Octonauts travel on their perilous journey, we rotate the book several times and this adds interest.

The visual contrast between the vibrant, pretty colours of the Octonauts and the gathering dark shadows is striking. The illustrations are gorgeous throughout. They are packed with details and you miss some the first time, but pick them up on the second and subsequent readings.

And there is a clever play on words in the illustrations that older readers appreciate. I loved seeing the tent with old-fashioned shadow puppetry.

Oh, and look at the "end paper" (blue portraits of the Octonauts) at the front of the book and compare it to the end paper at the back of the book. I love that attention to little details.

I like Captain Barnacle's direct approach: see a problem with someone? Immediately ask them what is going on, and you might be able to resolve the issues.

My kids enjoyed deciphering the Shade King's message: the shadows as a parallel with quiet and supportive friends or family we take for granted... or the environment generally, including the Oceans, that people abuse with thoughtless littering and chemical wastes.

Did you see the special message at the bottom of the Dedication page? This book is a winner in our home.
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Octonauts books and T.V. episodes are colourful and appealing to young children. The various animals and vegimals work as a team to protect and help the ocean creatures. They each have special jobs and talents in order to do this. The adventures are exciting but not scary. Children learn about creatures in the sea and get a sense of how to co-operate with others, while respecting and appreciating their differences.
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By Larry on May 10 2013
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The artwork in the book is great but if your child is a fan of the show, it is NOT the same format. No creature report etc..
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By Eduardo Tso on May 15 2013
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My 2 year old niece loves this book, wish they had more books that were available for sale. I'll be checking frequently.
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By Lora Anna Lok on May 28 2014
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Not the best Octonauts book, this is Meomi's earlier work and just not as cohesive as the other books out there.
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