“Ocean’s friendly introduction is totally tubular, epically illustrated, and surprisingly approachable and informative.”
All the colors of the rainbow are woven into this vibrant and educative ocean book. Chill vibes and text permeate the story, with words like “dude,” “stoked,” and “bro” and the ocean itself personified as the narrator of the story, guiding readers through as a helpful and informative friend. Ocean shares facts and tidbits ranging from the ocean’s impact on earth’s climate, the different tiers of the ocean, the ocean’s inhabitants, and more, finally reaching some “sad news, dudes,” as Ocean lightly touches on the topics of pollution, overfishing, and global warming negatively affecting its waters. The book ends with just a tad bit of a preachy tone as Ocean shares a plea to “together . . . get back in the zone,” yet the playfulness of the book keeps the mood of the book light enough to make the ending more inviting than a detraction from the rest of the story. Litchfield’s dazzling illustrations incorporate a vast use of color in the ocean, going far past the typical blue background and highlighting the array of beauty contained in the ocean’s waters. McAnulty excellently uses the personification of the ocean, along with its “totally tubular” personality, to enhance the approachability of the book, resulting in an enjoyable and gently instructive read that hardly feels like nonfiction until you reach additional reading materials at the end of the book.
From writer Stacy McAnulty and illustrator David Litchfield, Ocean! Waves for All is a light-hearted nonfiction picture book about the formation and history of the ocean, told from the perspective of the ocean itself.
Dude. Ocean is incredible. Atlantic, Pacific, Artic, Indian, Southern―it’s all excellent Ocean! Not part of any nation, his waves are for all. And under those waves, man, he holds so many secrets. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Ocean in this next “autobiography” in the Our Universe series. Rich with kid-friendly facts and beautifully brought to life by David Litchfield, this is an equally charming and irresistible companion to Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years; Sun! One in a Billion; and Moon! Earth’s Best Friend.
The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and fun, and this book personifies the ocean to help readers learn about it in a fun way—though I’m not a huge fan of it’s “totally tubular” and “dude” language and personality.