The Octonauts and the Sea of Shade: & the Sea Of Shade Hardcover – Oct 1 2007
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About the Author
Meomi is Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy. Meomi enjoys sitting by the ocean, making up stories, drinking tea, and drawing strange creatures. Meomi's characters have appeared in clothing, toys, merchandise, and magazines worldwide. They have also created art and animation for clients such as CBC4Kids, Google, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Yo Gabba Gabba, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Paralympics. Meomi likes sea slugs, yarn hats, and ukuleles. Visit them at www.meomi.com.
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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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Not the best Octonauts book, this is Meomi's earlier work and just not as cohesive as the other books out there.Published 20 months ago by Lora Anna Lok