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Sunday 13 October 2013

Tania's Picks: Under the Ocean

Anyone who knows me well, knows I simply adore pop-up books, but sometimes one comes along that puts many others in the shade. Or under the ocean.

This beautiful, tall-format book is just the bees knees of pop-ups. Not only are the illustrations truly superb, the lush interior is just so exciting, my knees trembled as each under-water glimpse was revealed.

It was almost like popping on a snorkle and plunking my face into the briny deep--there before me was shipping scene--and then ...

... goodness gracious! Look at that! What's that happening under the surface? Fish, yes, for sure--but also chains and anchors and bottles and old bicycles and tyres!

And what about this peaceful island scene? Shall we don our masks and go under?

Woah! A paradise of coral reef awaits, with all manner of bright fish and maybe even a diver or two.

This is a masterful pop-up book, offering something a little more than the 'norm' with a concept that will have kids rushing to dive in. Literally and figuratively.


Title: Under the Ocean
Author: Anouck Boisrobert
Illustrator: Louis Rigaud
Publisher: Tate Publishing, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 August 2013
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781849761598
For ages: All
Type: Picture Book, Pop-Up Book