Cow in the sea. Cow in the field. Does a sea cow say "Moo" And eat grass for its meal? DOES A SEA COW SAY "MOO?" Oh, that can't be true! It chirps and it clicks and it Whistles instead, And grazes on sea grass In shallow sea beds. When an alien lands on earth he is very befuddled by the names of the bizarre creatures he finds in the sea, and his imagination starts to run wild with all the possibilities! A little boy soon explains what the creatures really are with some very funny fish facts, too.
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(280mm x 215mm x 4mm)
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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A small boy explains to a visitor from outer space the meaning of words used differently on land and sea. McClements's mixed-media illustrations on double-page spreads cleverly support the different uses of the words school, cow, clown, horse, bed and star, using collage for the imaginary scenarios (cow with mask and goggles, fish riding a horse) and watercolors for the actuality (manatees grazing on sea plants, seahorses clinging to seaweed). The information is repeated in an alphabetized list of "Silly Sea Facts" at the end. Repetition of words and a rhyming text support emerging readers but the rhymes and rhythm are strained: "A small dorsal fin / Steers this miniature steed; / For safety he hitches / Himself to seaweed." Moreover, many undefined words will be unfamiliar to the audience (predators, dorsal, mollusk). The humor of the wordplay and imagery is not enough to balance the slender premise awkwardly and insufficiently developed. (Picture book. 4-7) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Terry Webb Harshman
Terry Webb Harshman is the author of many books for children including Porcupine's Pyjama Party - forming part of a series of I Can Read books published by HarperTrophy in the US. This is his first book for Bloomsbury. George McClements is the author and illustrator of Night of the Veggie Monster published by Bloomsbury in March 2008. He is a director for character art for Walt Disney Consumer Products. He has worked on projects for such films as Dinosaur, Flubber and Inspector Gadget. He is also the author of The Last Badge and Jake Gander: Storyville Detective.