The Sea Tiger is Oscar s best friend and Oscar s only friend. They do everything together: explore the ocean, visit the sea circus, even hitch a ride to the surface to look at the stars. But Oscar is shy, and so it s up to the Sea Tiger to help him find other friends. Read more...
The Sea Tiger is Oscar s best friend and Oscar s only friend. They do everything together: explore the ocean, visit the sea circus, even hitch a ride to the surface to look at the stars. But Oscar is shy, and so it s up to the Sea Tiger to help him find other friends. A bittersweet tale from a stunning new talent in children s illustration."
- ISBN-13: 9780763679866
- ISBN-10: 0763679860
- Publisher: Templar Books
- Publish Date: October 2015
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 4-7
- Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.7 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-31
- Reviewer: Staff
A hulking, pale brown tiger describes his underwater friendship with a mer-boy named Oscar in Turnbull’s gentle and emotionally perceptive debut. A slightly oversize format lets readers sink into Turnbull’s expansive colored-pencil scenes, which abound with aquatic life and imaginative details. “We have so much fun together,” says the tiger as he and the boy swing from trapezes in a circus taking place between the hinged valves of a giant clam. And in a scene as impossible as it is wondrous, the tiger clutches the tentacles of a cluster of jellyfish like balloon strings, as he and Oscar float to the surface. A page turn shows that these joyful moments belie a less lovely reality: “I am Oscar’s best friend. I am Oscar’s only friend.” But with the sea tiger’s help, Oscar is able to make a like-minded friend, one with her own unlikely companion. A chorus of singing sea turtles, octopuses transformed into underwater hot-air balloons, and other wild imaginings give Turnbull’s setting an enchanting magic as she quietly reveals the benefits of extending a hand, or paw, of friendship. Ages 3–7. (Oct.)