Cover image for Deep underwater / Irene Luxbacher.
Title:
Deep underwater / Irene Luxbacher.
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Deep under water
ISBN:
9781773060149
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Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2018.

©2018
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1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 27 cm
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Sophia bravely dives down to discover the secrets under the sea. She encounters beautiful fish and floating forests. Farther down, the dark water is full of tentacles and treasures. Deep underwater, she is never alone. Do you dare dive down after her?"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

Sophia bravely dives down to discover the secrets under the sea. She encounters beautiful fish and floating forests. Farther down, the dark water is full of tentacles and treasures. Deep underwater, she is never alone. Do you dare dive down after her?

The ocean is full of endless possibilities in this dreamy, imagistic story from acclaimed author / illustrator Irene Luxbacher. Her otherworldly paintings show colorful fish, rippling seawater and the secrets to be found at the bottom of the ocean. Sophia's journey will linger with readers long after the return to shore.


Author Notes

Irene Luxbacher is a Canadian artist and author. She has received numerous awards and nominations for many of her children's books over the years, but her favourite nods of approval come from readers who share the remarkable art they've made after reading one of her books. She wrote and illustrated the acclaimed picture books Deep Underwater and Mr. Frank. Irene was also honored to illustrate Malaika's Costume and its sequel, Malaika's Winter Carnival, by the talented Nadia L. Hohn. She lives in Toronto with her family who keep her very busy because she loves them and worries about them constantly.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Canadian artist Luxbacher (Malaika's Costume) travels to the ocean, where blue-black currents swirl and a girl named Sophia invites listeners to explore with her: "Will you dive down and see?... I know you will. You are brave." Dark, lush illustrations survey all sorts of ocean life: "I've seen clowns and angels and four-eyed butterflies," Sophia says. Myriad textures and objects enliven the spreads: fine lines combed by underwater currents, worn sails on the mast of a wrecked ship; newsprint stands in for leaves, and fabric swatches represent seaweed tendrils. While Sophia dives down to discover life under the waves, the text suggests that she's exploring her inner life as well as the deep sea. The reflection she sees in an underwater mirror becomes her companion, an ever-present twin who dances with her ("Deep down, I never feel alone. I can always see a friend in me"). The expedition's goal may be unknown, but the adventure creates a sense of quiet wonder and contentment. Ages 4-7. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.