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Way Down Below Deep

Written by Nancy Raines Day & illustrated by David Sheldon
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Swim with the ocean’s most secret creatures! What mysteries lurk at the bottom of the ocean? Discover some of the world’s most fascinating animals, such as anglerfish, luring prey to a toothy doom with a siren’s light; vampire squid, peering forth with red eyes; and sea cucumbers, filtering food from the water passing through their bodies. Follow the lanternfish as he lights the way down to the mysterious deep, where whale worms sprout from bones and all varieties of jellies float free. Children will learn about these bizarre bottom-dwellers through clever rhymes and captivating drawings that bring this sunless land to light. Fun, sometimes silly, facts and images accompany each rhyming marine description.

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Who Wrote Way Down Below Deep

Nancy Raines Day

Nancy Raines Day is known for her warm and witty rhyming and concept books, most recently Baby’s Firsts, Hoorade Day! and Pirate Jack Gets Dressed. Her colorful past includes growing up on the East Coast, attending college in the Midwest, and raising a family on the West Coast. Now she lives with her husband and three cats in Georgia’s Golden Isles.

Nancy is the author of a dozen picture books. Among her favorite subjects are nature and animals, math and music. She is powered by white chocolate mochas, her favorite refreshment as she works.

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Who Illustrated Way Down Below Deep

David Sheldon

David Sheldon is a painter, sculptor, illustrator, and author who has illustrated numerous books, including several that he wrote himself. Sheldon graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA and went on to earn his MFA from the University of Maryland. He lives with his family in the Asheville area of western North Carolina. Sheldon’s daughter, Sarah, created the journal entries in the book.

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  • Are there any details of Way Down Below Deep that you particularly love that readers should watch for?

    The journal notes and drawings that give extra fun facts for each deep ocean creature were created by the illustrator’s teen-age daughter.

    By Nancy Raines Day (author)

  • What part of creating Way Down Below Deep did you most enjoy?

    The research was fascinating, though fast-changing as new discoveries are made.

    By Nancy Raines Day (author)

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September 15, 2014
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