Zoom Ocean Adventure – Susan Hayes & Sam Rennocks

  Zoom Ocean Adventure – Susan Hayes & Sam Rennocks, What on Earth Publishing Ltd., 9781999968007, 2021

Format:  Pop up Board book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 4

Genre: Informational

What did you like about the book? This book introduces young readers to Noah who goes on an ocean adventure. The illustrations in this book, although cartoons, are amazing. The colors of all the different parts of the sea are eye catching and could easily catch the attention of any reader young or old. I love how the book takes the reader through different depths of the ocean. Many ocean books do not explore the entirety of the ocean including the deepest parts. This book does that in such a beautiful way. Additionally, the author takes the time to introduce the readers to all different types of ocean life, not just your typical whale, octopus and dolphin. She even puts in different varieties of the same species of animals. There are cut-outs in the book that are cut like a coral reef and even an iceberg. I might be biased about this book due to the fact that I worked at the New England Aquarium for 6 ½ years but for a book about the ocean the author and illustrators did an excellent job. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? Although there are very few words on the pages they do label the different types of animals and sea plants. If you are not paying close attention you could miss seeing them. Additionally, the labeling of these things almost makes the pages feel overwhelming to digest to the reader. There is a lot going on on the page with the pictures, the story and the labeling of various things in the pictures. 

To whom would you recommend this book? Young readers from ages 3- 5 years old 

Who should buy this book? Daycares (older children), Kindergarten classes, 

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: : Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review: April 20, 2020

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