Review: The Big Book of the Blue – Yuval Zommer (Illustrated by Yuval Zommer)

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‘Readers of all ages are ‘shore’ to have a whale of time poring over the pages of this perfect combination of information and illustration… a special book to increase awareness, attention, awe & appreciation of our natural world.’

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Title: The Big Book of the Blue
Author: Yuval Zommer (@yuvalzommer)
Illustrator: Yuval Zommer (@yuvalzommer)
Publisher: Thames & Hudson (@thamesandhudson)
Page count: 64
Date of publication: 10th May 2018
Series status: N/A
ISBN: 978-0500651193

Perfect for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6.

#3Words3Emojis:
1. Extraordinary 😍
2. Interesting 😃
3. Fin-tastic! 🐠


Why does a crab run sideways?

Is a jellyfish made of jelly?

Why don’t penguins freeze?

Find out the answers to these and many more fishy questions inside. Play search and find in the pictures, too. Can you spot the special fish?

Meet all kinds of slippery, shimmery, powerful and surprising sea creatures from around the world in this first book of the ocean to share with young children.

It is packed with facts about how different types of underwater animals eat, hunt and survive.


Review:
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In Wales, 2018 is the ‘Year of the Sea’ so I couldn’t think of a more timely occasion to review a book like this.  The Big Book of the Blue is a big celebration of the seas which surround us, bringing to life the vast array of sea creatures from the warm waters of the sunlit zone to the dark depths of the abyss.

Ranging from the well-known dolphins, jellyfish, octopuses, sharks and whales to the not-so well-known dragonets, sea snakes, deep-sea fish and krill, every aspect of the seas and oceans that you could possibly imagine is covered so perfectly within its larger-than-life pages. Yuval’s characterful illustrations burst off the page with personality and ensure that this ‘The Big Book of…‘ series continues to go from strength to strength. No classroom, no school and no home should be without one of Yuval’s books and if I had to choose just one to have, I’d have to choose this one!

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Gliding between its illustrations are the succinct and spectacular snippets of fin-tastic facts that’ll make sure that even the most avid and ardent of animal lovers and Blue Planet fans will learn something new every time they open these pages. It really is a book to discover together; to savour; to share and one to keep coming back to time and time again.

the_big_book_of_blue.jpgThere is so much to sea(!) within the double-page spreads of this book. Variety of species; high levels of detail and information; full of subject-specific vocabulary that children will effortlessly absorb and vivacity of illustration: it’s all here in one BIG book! Readers of all ages are shore to have a whale of time poring over this perfect combination of information and illustration.

Towards the end, important issues are highlighted such as that of oceans being in danger through overfishing and global warming and the very topical issue of plastic pollution in our seas. Therefore showing that this is not only an ‘information’ book but a special book to increase awareness, attention, awe and appreciation of our natural world and one that I’m sure Authors4Oceans will be looking at to include on a future booklist for their cause.

A beautifully-illustrated book that will surely inspire future generations of marine biologists, environmentalists and any and all aqua aficionados!


‘Readers of all ages are ‘shore’ to have a whale of time poring over the pages of this perfect combination of information and illustration… a special book to increase awareness, attention, awe & appreciation of our natural world.’


Big thanks to Katrina at Thames & Hudson for sending me a copy of this beautifully-illustrated book!

The Big Book of the Blue is available to order online or from any good bookshop.

Mr E
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