Life Without Light.
Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Katherine Roy, shares a little known story that I included in Chapter 2 of my book. In 1930,
to explore the deep ocean. Simple language bursting with vivid verbs, sensory details, and clever use of repetition brings the episode to life, allowing young readers to share the excitement. Roy’s breathtaking art captures the drama and intrigue of the adventure as well as the beauty of the deep ocean and its denizens.
Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible ALVIN by debut author Michelle Cusolito, illustrated by Nicole Wong, takes readers 2,500 feet below the waves to a hydrothermal vent on the ocean floor to see many of the same amazing creatures I described in my book 20 years ago. Back then, the cottony bacteria mats, dinner-plate-sized clams, and giant tube worms with feathery plumes were newly discovered, but now scientists know so much more about them.
Cusolito deftly employs second-person narration and spare, precise descriptions to give readers a you-are-there experience as the three-person vehicle descends, explores, and then returns to the surface. Wong’s lovely digital paintings show the deep, dark ecosystem in all its glory.