Thursday, September 10, 2009

Oceanology review

I love the "Ology" books with a young reader's passion, always finding new and interesting facts with a great scrapbook feel. This latest edition to Candlewick's popular series is a wonderful piece of work, blending fact and fiction very nicely with lots of lift-the-flaps, journal entries, touch-and-feels, and more.

Publisher's description:
"The newest discovery in the best-selling ‘Ology series.

What if a sixteen-year-old assistant traveled aboard the storied Nautilus, the narwhal-shaped submarine of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? And what if he were the sole survivor of the ill-fated voyage and went on to relay his adventures to a certain . . . Jules Verne? Find this brave young man’s own account in the lavishly illustrated Oceanology, a tale of an 1866 voyage of discovery that investigates diving bells and shipwrecks; coral reefs and ice canyons; sharks, giant octopi, and luminous sea monsters; underwater volcanoes, and even the legendary island of Atlantis.

Follow the fascinating journey of Captain Nemo and explore the ocean’s wonders, both real and imagined ... or are they?"

Though this probably wouldn't be my favorite "Ology," I'm sure it's going to be a huge hit at libraries and bookstores with the kids. It's a fun series to start purchasing for your children or nieces and nephews, as the books can really grow with the child. First they'll look at all the amazing pictures and "stuff" included on each page and eventually they can read it all and learn from the text.

A great purchase for libraries, though I advise getting several copies. These books never stayed on the shelves long at my library! Another good tip about this one for libraries is it's lacking the usual extras that often fall out of library copies (notebooks, wands, etc.). Good news!

To learn more, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon

Thanks to Candlewick for a review copy :)

Oceanology: The True Account of the Voyage of the Nautilus
Dugald A. Steer (editor)
32 pages
August 2009

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