Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? A beautifully illustrated story of friendship. The sea tiger is the best friend of a shy young merboy named Oscar. They have lots of undersea adventures including a ride on a sea-horse carousel or grabbing onto the tendrils of a jellyfish for “…a ride to the surface.” The sea tiger realizes that Oscar needs more. As he says, “I am Oscar’s only friend. Where I lead, Oscar follows. That’s why it’s up to me…to make anew friend…so that Oscar can too.” Luckily the sea tiger finds a sea-lion who happens to have a little mermaid girl for a friend. This is a sweet story and the lovely colored pencil illustrious are a perfect complement. The underwater world is full of wondrous details that bring the imaginative world to life. This is a wonderful debut.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a perfect book for children who love imaginative tales especially of mermaids.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 2/8/16