The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles Book
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles Book
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The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

Written by Michelle Cuevas and illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Published by Penguin Random House

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"The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottle found at sea and make sure that the message is delivered. He loves his job, although he always wishes that one of the letters would someday be addressed to him. Then one day he finds a bottle with the most intriguing note inside, and no name attached. As he devotes himself to the mystery, he ends up finding what his heart wanted all along."

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  • Age Range: 4-8
  • Pages: 40
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2016
  • ISBN: 0803738684
  • ISBN 13: 978-0803738683
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Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader

This book is worth buying for the beautiful illustrations alone, but the story and writing equally beautiful. It's one of the real treasures of our bookshelf. We've been reading it for years, and my now three-year-old has never gotten tired of hearing it, and I've never gotten tired of reading it to her. One of my favorite things about it is that without being preachy or even having a single clear moral, it's the kind of book that makes you feel good and makes you want to be a good person.


Michelle Cuevas

Michelle Cuevas was born in 1982 in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. She graduated from Williams College and holds a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Virginia, where she received the Henry Hoyns Fellowship. She is the author of The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles illustrated by Caldecott medalist Erin E. Stead, Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier, Beyond the Laughing Sky illustrated by Julie Morstad, and The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant illustrated by Ed Young. Visit her website at

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Michelle Cuevas

Erin E. Stead

Erin E. Stead has illustrated two books by Julie Fogliano, And Then It’s Spring (a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book), and If You Wan...

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Erin E. Stead

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