"Enchanting." - KIRKUS
Unable to rely on the adults in her storm-ravaged seaside town, a young girl must protect a colony of magical seahorse-like creatures she discovers in the coral reef.
From the Eisner Award-winning author of The Tea Dragon Society and Princess Princess Ever After comes AQUICORN COVE, a heartfelt story about learning to be a guardian to yourself and those you love.
When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a big storm, Lana remembers how much she’s missed the ocean—and the strong, reassuring presence of her aunt. As Lana explores the familiar beach, she discovers something incredible: a colony of Aquicorns, small magical seahorse-like creatures that live in the coral reef. Lana rescues an injured Aquicorn and cares for it with the help of her aunt, who may know more about these strange creatures than she's willing to admit. But when a second storm threatens to reach the town, choices made many years ago about how to coexist with the sea start to rise to the surface. Lana realizes she will need to find the strength to stand on her own, even when it means standing up to the people who she has always relied on to protect her.
"Highly recommended for all-ages graphic novel collections, especially those where O'Neill's earlier works are popular." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Katie O'Neill is an illustrator and graphic novelist from New Zealand. She is the author of Princess Princess Ever After and The Tea Dragon Society, both from Oni Press. She mostly makes gentle fantasy stories for younger readers, and is very interested in tea, creatures, things that grow, and the magic of everyday life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. ⛤⛤⛤⛤ Aquicorn Cove by Katie O'Neill is a children's graphic novel. It's very short and sweet. It took me about 5 minutes to read. Even though it's a very quick read, it's an engaging, heartwarming story with adorable illustrations. This story is about a girl, Lana, who returns to her seaside town with her dad to help her aunt clean up debris after a big storm sweeps through the village. She ends up finding a little, injured aquicorn, a sea creature resembling a seahorse. She learns about their underwater home and how the village is slowly destroying it by fishing with plastic nets, which causes them to scoop up more fish than they need. Wanting to protect both their world and her own, she tells her aunt to go back to the way her grandmother used to fish and, in the process, heals the little aquicorn. I think this is a cute story that will engage young readers and teach them about conservation, environmentalism, death, and love. Many heavy topics are packed into this one quick read. I would recommend that everyone, both young and old, pick this up and read it. #NetGalley #AquicornCove
I absolutely love the art style of this comic. It's cheerful, colorful, and inviting. The plot is simple, but it has a very valuable message within its pages. I only wish there had been more building upon the plot.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** This story is so beautiful and full of love and emotion. Lana returns to her old home and aunt following a storm to help with clean up. While she’s there we learn she lived here until she lost her mom to a storm and this is obviously a rough visit for her, a home she loved but something she loved lost to it. As she helps with clean up she finds a seahorse looking creature and then we dig deeper into the story. Of a small villages and the effect they have on the ocean, changes to the environment and how little things aren’t really little. Katie O’Neill brings heart and strong women and beautiful lgbt+ representation to a beautiful comic that can be read by middle graders but enjoyed by anyone and everyone. I can’t wait to thrust this book at everyone I meet.