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The Big Book of the Blue

Written by Yuval Zommer

Illustrated by Yuval Zommer

Part of the The Big Book series Series

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The Big Book of the Blue Review

Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers Reference Books The Natural World

Shortlisted for the UKLA Shortlist Book Awards 2019 | Nominated for the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal

Take a tour of the oceans in Yuval Zommer’s engaging reference book. It guides us through the seas in the company of the living creatures you’d see there, from the sea turtles and rainbow schools of fish in tropical waters, to whales and tuna, shoreline dwellers and the inhabitants of the deepest, darkest waters. Each page is wonderful to look at, and answers the questions children really want to ask: how fast does a flying fish need to swim to launch itself out of the water? Who does an octopus need eight arms? How long can a seal hold its breath underwater? There’s information too on the danger to the oceans from pollution and global warming, while a page of ‘fishy-phrases’ gives children the technical language to use when describing the animals that live in the sea.  A book to inspire and entertain as well as inform.

Andrea Reece

The Big Book of the Blue Synopsis

Why do octopuses have eight arms? Why do crabs run sideways? Are jellyfish made of jelly? Yuval Zommer's beautiful new book provides the answers to these and many more fishy questions. His wonderfully quirky illustrations show off all kinds of slippery, shimmery and surprising sea creatures, including sea turtles, whales, sharks, rays and seahorses.

The Big Book of the Blue Press Reviews

'Lavishly produced with the most interesting and thoughtful information, a total triumph' - Book Lover Jo

'A wonderful celebration of ocean life and a timely reminder of our responsibility to protect it' - Get Kids into Books

'An absolute must for any inquisitive young minds' bookshelves' - Families London

'A sparkling underwater introduction' - Metro

'Jam-packed with stunning illustrations and tons of facts' - Research-Rich Pedagogies

'A dive into an underwater world ... packed full of bright illustrations and fun facts about the ocean's amazing creatures' - World of Animals magazine

'Fun and beautifully done' - The Book Trust

'Brilliantly bright pictures and fun find-the-sardine hunt on every page to add to the fun' - Angels & Urchins

'Filled with fun, fishy questions and facts about all manner of slippery, shimmery sea creatures. It will be returned to again and again by kids of all ages' - Pregnancy & Parenting Magazine

'This divine celebration of aquatic creatures will feed hungry minds' - Smallish Magazine

'A truly gorgeous book and a fantastic addition to your natural history selection' - Read It Daddy

'A brilliant introduction to the wonderful world of water!' - North Somerset Teachers Book Award Blog

'Packed full of amazing facts and quirky illustrations, it will be devoured by children eager to dive deep into the mysterious depths of our seas and oceans' - Ni4Kids Magazine

'Zommer excels at creating distinctive illustrations' - Minerva Reads

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ISBN: 9780500651193
Publication date: 01/05/2018
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780500651193
Publication date: 1st May 2018
Author: Yuval Zommer
Illustrator: Yuval Zommer
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 64 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Reference Books, The Natural World
Collections: 85 Great Non-Fiction Books,

About Yuval Zommer

Yuval Zommer graduated from London’s Royal College of Art with an MA in Illustration. He has worked as a creative director at many leading advertising agencies.  Yuval’s passion for picture books has now won, and he is the author/illustrator of many highly acclaimed children’s books. Yuval lives and works in an old house in Notting Hill where he overlooks a small garden which is visited by urban foxes, squirrels, birds and many insects, some of which later find their way into his stories. His other favourite places are The Natural History ...

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