Tuesday, July 5, 2016

CLARK IN THE DEEP SEA by R.W. Alley.  New York: Clarion Books, 2016.  32p. ISBN 978-0547-906928 hc. $14.99   PreS - Gr. 2   E PIC

Clark and his friends happily play together on the front porch because it's too rainy to go further.  Suddenly a stuffed bear, the star of a pretend circus routine, falls off the porch into the wetness and the world of imagination kicks in, as the porch becomes an ocean liner surrounded by water.  Clark dashes from the porch to complete a deep sea rescue of the bear as the author/illustrator turns common objects from the yard into an ocean environment.  The transformation is accomplished with soft watercolors, accented with pencil and acrylics for well-defined, eye-catching illustrations that stretch from one page to the next.  If you enjoy this imaginary adventure, read more in this delightful series featuring Clark's friends:  GRETCHEN OVER THE BEACH, MITCHELL ON THE MOON, and ANNABELLE AT THE SOUTH POLE.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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