Pool

By: JiHyeon Lee

In this wordless book, what happens when two shy children meet at a very crowded pool? Dive in to find out! Full-color illustrations rendered in colored pencils and oil pastels.

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ISBN: 9781452142944

JLG Release: Jun 2015


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Friendship , Swimming pools , Underwater exploration , Magic , Stories without words

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Awards & Honors

Capitol Choices 2016
The New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2015, Picture Books
ALA Notable Books for Children 2016, Older Readers
2016 USBBY Outstanding International Book List, PrS–Gr2
2015 Cyblis Awards Nomination, Fiction Picture Books
BuzzFeed’s 17 of the Most Beautifully Illustrated Picture Books of 2015
Best Multicultural Books of 2015
USBBY Outstanding International Books List, 2016: Grades PreK–2
Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Today

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
This unique and elegant wordless adventure follows a timid boy’s foray into a crowded public pool. Due to the crash of humanity cramming the water with their comical bulk and myriad of blow-up gear, the goggled hero dives deep and discovers a female counterpart, who leads him to a forest of fantastic aquatic creatu
[STARRED REVIEW]
This unique and elegant wordless adventure follows a timid boy’s foray into a crowded public pool. Due to the crash of humanity cramming the water with their comical bulk and myriad of blow-up gear, the goggled hero dives deep and discovers a female counterpart, who leads him to a forest of fantastic aquatic creatures and plants. Some fish are friendly enough to pat; others embrace the children into their school. A group of fiercer-looking fish flee, allowing the humans to enjoy a white whale’s visit. The tamer underwater inhabitants lead the children back to the surface for their return to the deck. Lee’s artistic choices are brilliant. The rowdy crowd is depicted in black, white, and gray line drawings and contrasts with the joyful aquatic world in colored pencils and pastels. The large format and the artist’s generous use of solid space greatly expand the journey’s vistas. VERDICT Lee’s debut picture book is a swan dive.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

Horn Book

An inviting jacket pulls readers into this quietly engrossing wordless book. The title appears on the cover in clean sans serif type, its double letter Os echoed in the illustration below: a pair of perfectly round (think John Lennon) swim goggles on the perfectly round head of a young swimmer. (The otherworldly fishlike creatures emerging f An inviting jacket pulls readers into this quietly engrossing wordless book. The title appears on the cover in clean sans serif type, its double letter Os echoed in the illustration below: a pair of perfectly round (think John Lennon) swim goggles on the perfectly round head of a young swimmer. (The otherworldly fishlike creatures emerging from the boy’s lenses tell readers to expect something more exciting than a swim lesson.) The story begins as the boy approaches a pristine and empty pool—only to have a crowd of mostly grown-up people, in a variety of body shapes, stampede past him into the water. The disagreeable group fills the entire length of the pool, and, ironically, no one is actually swimming; all are bobbing about on inflatable tubes and rafts. Undaunted, the boy dives in, neatly swimming below the mass of legs, where he meets another young swimmer; together, boy and girl discover a strange and beautiful underwater world of fantastic Shaun Tan–esque creatures. Using colored pencils and oil pastels, Korean illustrator Lee employs color to contrast the two realities: until the boy enters the pool, the only hue on the cream pages is the blue of the water—now, the two underwater swimmers and everything around them are in color, and when they eventually leave the pool, the colors stay with them. The final page hints at further adventures as the last person out of the pool—a young girl from that noisy crowd—turns and catches an enticing glimpse of the underwater creatures. jennifer m. brabander

Book Details

ISBN

9781452142944

First Release

June 2015

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9" x 12"

Page Count

56

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Chronicle

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Friendship, Swimming pools, Underwater exploration, Magic, Stories without words,

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