Rub-a-Dub Sub

Rub-a-Dub Sub

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by Linda Ashman, Jeff Mack
     
 

What underwater wonders can you see when you're in a bright orange submarine? Stealthy manta rays, silky seals, blimpy blowfish--and all sorts of other amazing ocean animals. So pull on your favorite swimsuit and dive into this rhyming young fantasy. Just watch out for the shark!

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What underwater wonders can you see when you're in a bright orange submarine? Stealthy manta rays, silky seals, blimpy blowfish--and all sorts of other amazing ocean animals. So pull on your favorite swimsuit and dive into this rhyming young fantasy. Just watch out for the shark!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A pint-sized Jacques Cousteau plunges down into the ocean depths in an orange submarine to explore its treasures: "Diving with a silky seal./ Darting by a dancing eel," writes Ashman (Babies on the Go), her couplets set in undulating type. Mack, making an impressive debut, populates his brilliant turquoise backdrops with comically exaggerated critters intrigued by the aquanaut's presence. At the same time, the artist skillfully combines neon-bright colors and intricate textures (like the patterns of brain coral or spines of a puffer fish) to heighten the setting's exotic beauty. When a big blue shark sizes up the sub for a snack (a scene where Mack has great fun with contrasting scale and hues of blue), the boy decides to make a quick exit, bidding farewell to all he's encountered: "Good-bye grass!/ So long, wrasse!/ Flee the jaw!/ Clip the claw!" Some readers may not be surprised by the ending ("Rising quickly in my sub,/ to the safety of my..." accompanies the telltale brightness of the water's surface), but all will appreciate being asked along for this enchanting ride. Ages 2-5. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A young boy sets off in his "sub glub glub marine" on a journey under the water. Just a brief rhyme in large type across each double page has him encountering a variety of underwater creatures, from silky seal and dancing eel to a "sleek and speedy shark." Away he rushes then, to the "safety of my tub," after enjoying his imaginary adventure. Mack's playful paintings of these creatures fill his underwater scenes with attractive but sometimes anxiety-provoking adventure. The orange submarine is shown close up to octopus arms, then gets mixed up with a manta ray before the shark. But the artist's fuzzy acrylics are not so realistic as to spoil the adventurous fun. 2003, Harcourt,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A boy in a submarine sinks below the surface to face an array of colorful sea creatures: "Peering through/a kelpy haze/at rainbow fish/and manta rays./Waving to a/whiskered shrimp./Floating by a/blowfish-blimp." All is well until he comes upon a shark. Then, he immediately bids adieu to the animals he has encountered, and the vessel surfaces safely-in the tub. Acrylic spreads show a teeming, cartoonlike undersea world in vibrant turquoise. This imaginative bath-time book excels at blending story and pictures.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A little boy’s imaginary underwater submarine adventure in short, descriptive verse. Diving deeper and deeper, the boy encounters a bright, amazingly colorful ocean full of traditional and different sea life, all the while defining the unique features of each creature. "Diving with a silky seal / Darting by a dancing eel / Peering through a kelpy haze / at rainbow fish and manta rays." Ashman includes new words and exotic fish: "Skimming over sneaky dabs / Hiding from the horseshoe crabs" and "Gliding through the wavy grass, / glimpse a busy cleaner wrasse." When our explorer approaches danger by the confrontation of a shark, he reverses his sub and speedily returns through his previous subaqueous route, safely surfacing the waters of his toy-filled bathtub. Poetic text is lively with enough alliteration to encourage repeated recitation. Acrylic paintings in large, aquatic blues and greens accompany the multicolored animated sea creatures surrounding the youngster’s orange submarine. An amusing and equally enlightening companion to Ashman’s previous Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs (2001). (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152026585
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/31/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author


LINDA ASHMAN is the author of many picture books, including Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs, a Booklist Editors' Choice. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

JEFF MACK lives in Skaneateles, New York, where he loves drawing all the animals found in nearby lakes and faraway oceans. Rub-a-Dub Sub is his first picture book.

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Rub-a-Dub Sub 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. The illustrations and word usage is great. I read this to my three-year-old son and he loves it. I find that he'll repeat the words even if we're not reading the book. It's great for a child's imagination. I recommend this book to any parent who enjoys reading with their kids.