The Commotion in the Ocean

The Commotion in the Ocean

By (author) Giles Andreae , Illustrated by David Wojtowycz

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Dive into the ocean for a noisy rhyming romp packed with favourite sea creatures brought to life with fun, vibrant artwork. This bestselling picture book from an award-winning creative team is a delight to read aloud and share with young children.

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 234 x 300 x 6mm | 798.32g
  • 13 May 1999
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • ORCHARD BOOKS
  • London
  • English
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 184121101X
  • 9781841211015
  • 696

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Giles Andreae is the author of many top selling award-winning picture books. For Orchard, these include Rumble in the Jungle, Commotion in the Ocean, and I Love My Mummy. However, it is for the international bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance that he is best known. Giles is also the creator of Purple Ronnie, Britain's favourite stickman, and of the artist / philosopher, Edward Monkton. These two ranges of greetings cards, books and merchandise have made Giles the country's top selling living poet and an icon of contemporary popular culture. Giles lives with his wife, Victoria, a children's clothes designer, and their four young children by the river in Oxfordshire.

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A big book full of warm, noisy illustrations...fast-moving and great to read aloud. The Independent A bright and breezy book...with vivid, witty illustrations. Times Educational Supplement What a fabuous book, exuberant from beginning to end. Child Education A lively and lovely poetic romp. The Scotsman

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The round glass of a submarine porthole provides a window through which the animals of the ocean can be spied upon in all their "commotion." Crab, turtle, dolphin, jellyfish, shark, and more come under the scrutiny of Andreae, who gives each one a rhyming stanza or limerick that is often sing-song. Attributes of each creatures - a shark's big mouth, a dolphin's sounds, a swordfish's skewer - provide the subject matter, but the treatment is humorous, not scientific. The arms of the mother octopus enable her to tickle all of her children on their stomaches simultaneously; a crab's sideways movements turn him into a sneaky spy. The illustrations further anthropomorphize the undersea creatures, giving each one curly eyelashes and smiling faces. The only innovation here is a poem about barnacles written in tiny type on the underside of a blue whale, as if the words themselves are clinging to the giant. Otherwise, this British import is ordinary and often amateurish. (Kirkus Reviews)

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