The Sign Of The Seahorse (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Sign Of The Seahorse (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Graeme Base

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The inhabitants of a coral reef are threatened when a shady real estate deal started by the greedy Groper floods their area with poisonous waste.See more details below

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The inhabitants of a coral reef are threatened when a shady real estate deal started by the greedy Groper floods their area with poisonous waste.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Perfect scansion and witty rhymes blend to create a comic saga of Brobdingnagian proportions. Likewise, the dynamic, radiantly colored illustrations are jam-packed with droll underwater details," said PW. Ages 6-up. (June)
Children's Literature - Barbara B. Disckind
Absolutely entertaining, with an environmental twist in its underwater setting of a coral reef, full of challenging words for young readers, and all done in rhyme so wonderful when read aloud. Base tells the story of a greedy Grouper who executes his plan to rob the inhabitants of Reeftown of their homes and money in a shady real estate deal. He is aided in this scheme by the leaking and deadly toxic waste littering the ocean floor. The story includes a cast of characters from goodies to baddies, from the adolescent Finneus Trout, a member of the Catfish Gang, to the bright and resilient Pearl Trout, to the notorious and evil Gropmund Grouper, and to the dashing and brave Corporal Bert of the Soldiercrab Army. The illustrations of this adventure are richly drawn and layered with characters, action, drama, and humor. Children will relate to the basic nature of these creatures, their outfits, and some aspects of their behavior. A keeper!
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This underwater tale of suspense and mystery incorporates a subtle message regarding ecology. The inhabitants of a coral reef are threatened when a shady real estate deal started by the Greedy Grouper floods their area with poisonous waste. Gorgeous illustrations throughout the pages accompany this high adventure under the sea.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-- As in Animalia (1987), Base will surely delight his many fans with this latest high-color, high-action, high-density composition. Instead of an Eleventh Hour (1990, both Abrams) mystery, Seahorse features high adventure, romance, and intrigue, redeemed by a high-minded ecological message. The theme is not as deep as the underwater setting--a coral reef poisoned by pollution--where the all-fish-and-crustacean cast pits a villain, Gropmund Grouper, (responsible for the toxic waste) against Pearl Trout; her brother Finn; and her true love, Corporal Bert of the Soldiercrab Army. Godfather-like Gropmund spawns a nefarious scheme to defraud the reef's inhabitants while destroying their environment, but he and his ``henchfish'' are finally routed by Pearl and Finn's steadfastness (aided by Combat Lobster 46903). Copious light-verse couplets and suitably melodramatic diction convey the fishy plot of this politically correct entertainment. ``Base-ic'' instinct will lure young readers through the bright pages, even if the subpoetic text proves a sinker for some. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Carolyn Phelan
Best known for his picture book "Animalia" (1987), Base now presents a melodrama set beneath the sea. The lively, detailed double-page spreads show an underwater world complete with a cafe, a bar, assorted good guys, superficially bad guys with hearts of gold, and some real nasties. When pollution begins to poison their reef, the good guys track it to its source and put an end to the evil deeds of the Grouper and his gang. Here's the poetically just ending: "And as for Gropmund Grouper, undisputed king of crime, / He groveled at the kitchen sink, his flippers in the grime. / Beneath a pile of filthy plates, at last he understood, / That Greed Brought only Ruin, and the Tide has Turned for Good." The colorful artwork provides a feast for the eyes, but the rhymed couplets go on and on and on. It's a difficult form of poetry to sustain at length without growing tiresome. Base's best lines, like those quoted, have a flair that does more than just advance the narrative. Still, his writing's not equal to his illustration, and although this is a visual treat, many kids will be ready to turn the page before they've heard the last word.

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San Val, Incorporated
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11.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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