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Monday 18 July 2011

Review: The Sign of the Seahorse

In this story, Graeme Base takes us under the sea in a tale of love, disaster, evil, greed and ultimate happiness.

When poison spreads through the reef, all the seahorses are destroyed overnight. Evil takes hold, with plans to destroy the whole reef and the café, all for money. Battles are being fought and fish being sent away to fight.

Meanwhile, there is a romance budding – an old-fashioned war romance, carried out by way of letters and much pining.

Will good win over evil? And will Bert and Pearl be together once more and have their happy ending?

Described as “a tale of greed and high adventure in two acts”, to me The Sign of the Seahorse is a children’s version of an epic love story. Written in play style, with acts and scenes, this rhyming saga is emotional and heartbreaking, taking readers on a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs.

Readers will be gripped to their seats, anxious to learn the outcome for these beautiful underwater characters.

Title: The Sign of the Seahorse
Author/Illustrator: Graeme Base
Publisher: Puffin, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: 2003
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9780140563870
For ages: 6+
Type: Picture book