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The Octonauts & the Frown Fish is the third installment in a series of picture books created by the Vancouver/L.A.-based design duo Meomi, whose trendy Pokemon-meets-Brueghel-meets-Hello Kitty sensibility has made their commercial work a worldwide success. Meomi describes the Octonauts as “a team of eight adorable undersea explorers (including a brainy octopus, a big-hearted penguin and a daredevil kitten) who are always ready for new and exciting voyages.” This time out, they discover a “Frown Fish,” whose dolour, worrisomely, is starting to rub off on other sea creatures. The team tries a variety of methods to cheer up the Frown Fish.... The charm of this narrative and the considerable achievement of Meomi’s meticulous artwork are undermined by a number of factors. The whimsical illustrations, relying heavily on pastels and eschewing true blacks and whites, lack depth, and fail to draw the reader’s eye around the page, resulting in a barrage of competing information. Overall, the book’s perfect gradients and unerringly smooth lines lack any real warmth or idiosyncrasy – which makes it hard to identify with the undeniably cute, but generally expressionless, characters. One has to assume, also, that the authors did not try reading aloud such awkward invented terms such as “clamcapella group” or “sea horchestra.” In the end, we’re left with the sense that Meomi is more concerned with pleasing its design audience than its child readers. This is a book to be admired, not loved.
Too many children's books talk down to kids, thinking that talking on their level equates to dropping IQ points. It’s refreshing to read THE OCTONAUTS & THE FROWN FISH, a smart and entertaining kids book…it’s fun and teaches a lesson to look past the exterior and appreciate what’s inside. Comic book readers looking to get their kids into graphic storytelling early will want to seek out this one. Nice bed time story reading, this one is. --Ain’t It Cool News
Good news from the world of awesome things! Meomi’s new book is out: The Octonuats and the Frown Fish! The Octonaut books are adorable, clever, and visually sumptuous. I always recommend them to young and old(er) alike! --Treehouse Jukebox
The third book in "The Octonauts" series is once again full of colourful and engaging illustrations...The characters display characteristics to which young children can relate – concern for the feelings of others, seeing the value in simple pleasures, using technology, and appreciating one's friends. An important lesson is taught about caring for the feelings of others. How often do we act without taking into account how others will feel about our actions? How often do we care about others who appear to be sad? Many conflicts could be avoided if we just paid more attention to the feelings of others. Although the book appeals to young children, it has a wry sense of humour which will also appeal to adult readers...All in all, the book engages the readers through its visual appeal!...This book could be used as a read aloud for children at home and with students in primary classrooms. Meomi's story will inspire discussion about issues as far ranging as: underwater creatures, happiness, sadness, feelings, music, and reading. Recommended. --Canadian Review of Materials
This is the third edition in the Octonauts series and yet again the colors are right on point. The cast of colorful characters are on another deep blue adventure, this time to help out the frown fish have a little fun. Each page is a treat for any color lover as the book is full of color cuteness of soft yet vibrant palettes, and the wonderful compositions and styling we've come to expect from the Meomi team's illustrations. --Colour Lovers
"it not only is filled with illustrations of cute stylized sea creatures, but the story itself is very appealing to young readers...For designers, illustrators and those in the media industry, this is a keepsake with its lovely illustration for reference and also educational purpose. Every page is filled with endearing soft sweet colors and there is not a single space that has no colors. For parents, this is suitable for young kids to get started on adventure and exciting stories, building up curiosity about science, biology and not to forget that inquisitive mind of a young reader for detective-styled storyline. You'll be surprised if you discover a little Sherlock Holmes in the making. All in all, the storyline is simply done, the illustrations are just marvelous and the characters are just adorable and innocent. Would be a good gift for this coming Christmas. --All About Kawaii
My 2 year old niece loves this book, wish they had more books that were available for sale. I'll be checking frequently.Published on May 15 2013 by Eduardo Tso
My child loves the tv show and enjoys the creative books. He gets a hoot out of the upside down and sideways pages.Published on March 3 2013 by Nora Desjardins