The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles


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A message in a bottle holds the promise of surprise and wonder, as told in this enthralling picture book by Caldecott Medalist Erin E. Stead
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, who lives alone atop a hill, has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottles found at sea and make sure that the messages are delivered. He loves his job, though he has always wished that, someday, one of the letters would be addressed to him. One day he opens a party invitation—but there’s no name attached. As he devotes himself to the mystery of the intended recipient, he ends up finding something even more special: the possibility of new friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803738683
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 238,081
Product dimensions: 10.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Michelle Cuevas graduated from Williams College and holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She is the author of three children’s novels, including the acclaimed Confessions of an Imaginary Friend. She lives in Berkshire County in Massachusetts.
Erin E. Stead is the award-winning illustrator of five picture books, including the Caldecott Medal winner A Sick Day for Amos McGee and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor winner And Then It's Spring. She lives in a 100-year-old barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, author and illustrator Philip C. Stead.

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McMarshall More than 1 year ago
The illustrator, Erin Stead, drew me to the book. I adore her simple, emotional, and muted illustrations. The combination of the illustrations and the text, made me fall in love with this book. Michelle Cuevas captures an expanse of emotion in a sparsely worded text. Using analogies ("sharp as a fish scales"), lyricism & alliteration ("He stank of seaweed and salt and fisherman's feet."), and ocean images ("clam-hugged pearls" and seshells), Michelle draws the reader along on a lonely man's journey to discover the recipient of an unaddressed letter in a bottle. Mix a little mystery, a little community, and a couple of extra illustrated characters and you have a beautiful picture.