Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea

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by Jan Peck, Valeria Petrone
     
 

Way down deep
in the deep blue sea,
there's a lot to find.
I guarantee!
Come on! Be brave!
Just follow me!
And let's explore
the deep blue sea!

Overview

Way down deep
in the deep blue sea,
there's a lot to find.
I guarantee!
Come on! Be brave!
Just follow me!
And let's explore
the deep blue sea!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As he hunts for treasure in what is ostensibly the titular locale, the narrator of this familiar-seeming book, a wide-eyed redhead, meets a world of aquatic friends. "Way down deep in the deep blue sea,/ I spy an octopus waving at me," writes Peck (The Giant Carrot), as the boy does an arabesque on one of the creature's undulating appendages. "Hello, octopus./ Gimme eight, octopus./ See you later, octopus." In each bottom-right corner, the words "Swim away" beckon readers to turn the page for another undersea encounter. Finally, the boy spots the golden trove of pirate's booty; unfortunately, a shark with a toothy grin guards it. It's time to make a quick exit-after politely bidding goodbye to his pals, of course-and surface to... the bathroom, where Mom awaits with a fluffy towel, and a final illustration reveals the true identity of the sea creatures (tub toys). Petrone (Ducks in Muck) renders the undersea world in bright, saturated colors and strong, rounded shapes, often giving the boy the exaggeratedly wide face of a Dan Yaccarino character. Given the deliberately repetitive text and the absence of tension, even in the "scary" parts, this book seems best for youngest picture-book fans. Ages 3-6. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In a singsong text, a little boy describes his adventure into the deep blue sea. He plays peekaboo with a hermit crab and fences with a swordfish until he eventually discovers a pirate's treasure chest, but he leaves most of it behind when he meets what's on the next page-a shark. Still, he manages to bring a coin back up to his mother, who is waiting for him at the surface. The last page shows all of the animals left behind looking a little less intimidating as they float in the bathtub. Although the concept is fun and the bubbly illustrations are colorful, the book falters due to the text's occasionally bumpy rhythm. "Way down deep in the deep blue sea,/I spy a sea horse racing by me./Hello, sea horse./Giddy-up, sea horse./See you later, sea horse./Swim away." While this offering provides big illustrations, plenty of repetition, and good opportunities for interaction with children during storytime, it may not garner as much enthusiasm from kids as other similar titles, such as Linda Ashman's Rub-a-Dub Sub (Harcourt, 2003).-Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A familiar premise feels unexpectedly fresh in this engaging underwater adventure. The unnamed narrator, a carrot-topped boy, dives repeatedly, meeting and greeting a different animal each time as he searches for treasure. Pleasingly rhythmic verses and a repeating refrain move the story along smoothly. Digitally rendered double-page illustrations resemble oil paintings, with big broad brushstrokes and bold, brightly colored images. The font is well chosen, enhancing the playful tone yet still clear and easy to read, a particularly impressive achievement given that the text most often appears on a blue background. Few readers will be surprised to discover that the seahorse, starfish, shark, and other animals found in this "sea" are actually tub toys. But because this revelation is not the point of the story, young listeners will likely enjoy tagging along on this imaginary journey more than once. Dive on in, the water's fine. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689851100
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
113,050
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jan Peck has written stories and articles in Highlights for Children, Boys' Life, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle magazines. In adition, she is the author of The Giant Carrot, illustrated by Barry Root, and her story "The Perfect Dog" is in the best-selling book Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul. Her previous picture book with Simon & Schuster is Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea. She resides in Texas.

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Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids LOVE this story! Storytime gets a little silly but it is always a lot of fun! Great repetition to help young children join in the reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Many might think that this book is too advanced for a 3 month old, but the colors & pictures fascinated my baby, and the short, repetitive lines make it easy to read in a sing-song voice, keeping his attention the whole way through. His eyes were wide and he was mesmerized. Really, really recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful rhyming adventure with a surprise at the end. It will hold the attention of the most wiggly of small children. The art inspired by this story is fresh and fun. The colors are beautiful. The illustrator nailed it! This is a must-have for the younger children. They will read it over and over learning to name all the sea creatures. Jan Peck has now, added another excellent picture book to her credit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best of the new children's books this season. Little eyes will light up at the beautiful illustrations and rhythmic prose. This picture book promotes creativity, teaches the names of sea creatures, and showcases magical musical prose. 'Way Down Deep' will be read over and over and over by your children. Jan Peck is at the top of her game with this one.