The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish

Written and illustrated by Chloe Savage

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Publisher Candlewick Imprint Candlewick ISBN


The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish

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In this strikingly illustrated debut with a quirky, surreal sensibility, the tale of an Arctic expedition invites readers to discover an elusive creature.

Dr. Morley absolutely loves jellyfish. Her entire life, she has been fascinated by one specific species, a legendary creature that no one has ever seen. Does the giant Arctic jellyfish even exist? After years of research, Dr. Morley and her crew don their red parkas and set off to icy northern waters in hopes of finding the mysterious creature. The Arctic Circle is filled with wonders: playful orcas, the glowing aurora borealis, and formidable ice shelves—but will Dr. Morley find what she is searching for? Or, perhaps, will it find her? Bringing the stark and breathtaking beauty of the Arctic to life, author-illustrator Chloe Savage’s whimsical and charming adventure into the unknown is sure to capture the imaginations of young explorers.

Map. Full-color illustrations were done in ink and watercolor.
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School Library Journal

Gr 2–5—Savage creates the fantastic story of scientist Dr. Morley, who is gray-haired, white, stalwart, and appearing more like a stereotypical librarian than an intrepid Shackleton-like Arctic explorer. Dr. Morley adores jellyfish, especially the elusive giant Arctic jellyfish. Following years of research, Dr. Morley and her crew set out to search for the shy invertebrate in the icy Arctic waters. On their hunt, they encounter a vast array of wildlife and natural wonders, from orcas to auroras. Savage's mystical and mesmerizing illustrations provide a glimpse beneath the cold surface as well as cutaways into the ship that carries the explorers. Will Dr. Morley find her jackpot in the deep waters, or will it charmingly find her? VERDICT An enchanting glimpse into scientific research, exploration, and discovery in the remotest location. Especially recommended for elementary students interested in animal science and underwater exploration.—Brittany McMahon

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