~posted by Ruth
Wow! Ocean!by Robert Neubecker
Izzy and Jo head to the ocean–and what do they see? Wow! Jellyfish! Anemones! Sharks! Whales! Clown fish! I also got a lot of Wow!’s from Molly and Jacob when I shared this picture book. Here’s what they loved: looking for Izzy and Jo and their little dog amid the busy colorful illustrations on every page; reading Wow! at the bottom of each page; asking to be read the distinct names for each sea animal on every page; talking about their favorite jellyfish or dolphin or colorful clownfish. In their drawing later that day, Molly made a careful drawing of a porcupine fish, and Jacob drew an elaborate multi-ribbed jellyfish. They really took in the enticing information on these double (and sometimes triple!) spread pages.
Robert Neubacker is definitely someone to celebrate as a recent addition to the children’s literature field. He’s been a writer and illustrator for 30 years, writing as a journalist for The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time magazine. He’s also–as you’ll see in these book pages–an amazing artist, winning awards for his movie posters. Luckily for us, a few years ago, he decided to try his hand at writing and illustrating children’s books and the Wow! series was born. Next on our list: Wow! School!–and his latest, Shiver Me Timbers, a book of pirate poetry should be out in 2012.