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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JLG Release: Jun 2015
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
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
9" x 12"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A