Book review: In the Deep Dark Deep, by Ben Joel Price

Price, Ben Joel. In the Deep Dark Deep. Random House Children’s Books, 2015. Unp. $16.99. 9780385373135. Ages 2-8. P7 Q9

Price Deep Dark DeepThe modern artist and author of Earth Space Moon Base has composed a new expedition into another frontier: oceans. Readers join a few familiar faces to solve a maritime mystery. Price uses a compelling combination of alliteration, rhyme, and literalistic representations of sea life— rubber-nosed clown fish to gleaming sea stars— to subtly suggest the recent plight of starfish to children. The impressive illustrations are distinctly designed. Dramatized by black backgrounds, the eye-catching images keep readers’ attention as the heroes dive deeper into the dark. With In the Deep Dark Deep, Price has effectively attracted attention to a significant environmental anomaly by providing a whimsical primer for parents and educators teaching the impacts of climate change.

December 2015 review by Lillian Curanzy.

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