Oona and the shark

Kelly DiPucchio

Book - 2022

"A curious and inventive mermaid attempts to befriend a shark with sensory issues"--

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Animal fiction
Picture books
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of harperCollins Publishers [2022]
Main Author
Kelly DiPucchio (author)
Other Authors
Raissa Figueroa (illustrator)
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Ages 4-8.
Grades K-1.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

Can Oona the mermaid figure out how to get Stanley the hammerhead shark to be her friend? A little, cherubic, dark-skinned mermaid with an epic Afro has no problem making friends with sea creatures of all sorts. She navigates her undersea world with an endearing combination of confidence, care, charm, and creativity that wins everyone over…except for Stanley. Oona shares some of her prized possessions with him--a fishing hat, a loud musical horn, and a squeaky, inflatable unicorn swimming tube--in an attempt to strike up a friendship, but Stanley doesn't take to the items in the least. She then tries to win him over with her flashy inventions, but he is engrossed in his seashell collection, and Oona only succeeds in rankling him. Exasperated but determined, she resorts to throwing a big party; alas, Stanley doesn't even attend. Only when she dives down to the ocean floor in defeat and experiences complete peace and quiet does she realize what she needs to do to connect with the shy shark. Inspired, she goes to her workshop and carefully creates a special invention that draws Stanley right to her side. Figueroa's digital watercolor illustrations use washes and blooms effectively to convey an underwater atmosphere, though the shifting color scheme creates a slightly disjointed visual experience. Oona's missteps and eventual success will inspire children to be more observant and tolerant of personalities that are different from their own. A welcome addition to the vast sea of friendship books for children. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.