Inky, worn out from his exciting life in the ocean, has retired to the aquarium. There he quietly regales his tank mate Blotchy with tales of his past adventures. Then Blotchy dares Inky to make one more daring escape. Will Inky succeed?
I have a three-year-old who loves the aquarium and adores every animal there, so I expected that this book would be a hit with her. She loved the illustrations and enjoyed pointing out the octopuses, fish, and other animals on each page. However, the actual story was just too wordy for her, and wasn’t engaging enough to keep her attention all the way through. I found myself summarizing each page rather than reading it, and she was still lost by the end. Maybe we could try it again in a year or two and see how it goes. I can see how someone would enjoy this book, but it just wasn’t a good fit for us right now.
CASEY LYALL (5’4”, brown hair, blue eyes, no known aliases) is a middle-grade writer from Southwestern Ontario. She works at her local library where she runs a number of teen groups and waits for management to discover they’re actually paying her to have fun. When she’s not writing, Casey loves to bake, watch an “unhealthy” amount of movies and television, and of course, read. She’d consider adding detective work to the list if she could find a proper coat. You can find her on Twitter as @CKLyall.
Sebastià has illustrated more than seventy children’s books in Spain, Italy, France, UK, Portugal, Taiwan, Brazil and the United States. Also, he has worked as graphic designer for several television shows, family theatre and many museums and cultural institutions. He was selected three times for the Mostra degli illustratori di libri per ragazzi at Bologna Children’s Book Fair and also for the Society of Illustrators of New York, in the Original Art exhibition: The Fine Art of Children’s Books Illustration. He took part in illustration exhibitions at The Museum of American Illustration of New York, Chicago Art Institute, Northwestern University of Illinois, Itabashi Art Museum of Tokyo, Korea Society of Illustrators, International Illustrators Exchange of Prague and Frankfurt Book Fair. He won the Mercè Llimona Prize, the Lola Anglada prize, the Serra d’Or Critics Prize, and twice Junceda Prizes by the Professional Association of Illustrators of Catalonia.