Far below the jeweled surface of the oceans, deeper than the sun’s rays can dive, there are fantastical creatures unlike anything seen on land. Deep currents—cold, black, and full of mystery—are home to secretive fellows such as the anglerfish, which uses light as bait, and vampire squid, whose red eyes peer out from a cloak of spiny tentacles as it “flies” through the water. Down in these depths, whale bones become entire cities where palm worms sway. Abyssal residents come from near and far to visit the pages of this book!
Teeming with information, Nancy Raines Day’s clever rhymes transport readers to the extraordinary world at the bottom of the sea. How big is a giant squid’s eye? What do sea cucumbers eat? Where do bottom dwellers go to get warm? In this aquatic adventure, kids and adults alike will be delighted by what they learn about some of the world’s most unique inhabitants. Accompanied by stunning artwork, the strange depths of Earth’s oceans have never been closer and more inviting.
About the Author
Nancy Raines Day is a freelance editor and picture-book consultant for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. After earning her BA in journalism from the University of Michigan, she earned an MA in literacy journalism from Syracuse University. Day is a member of the Authors Guild and lives in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
About the Illustrator
David Sheldon is a painter, sculptor, illustrator, and author who has illustrated numerous books, including several that he wrote himself. Sheldon graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA and went on to earn his MFA from the University of Maryland. He lives with his family in the Asheville area of western North Carolina. Sheldon’s daughter Sarah created the journal entries in the book.
WAY DOWN BELOW DEEP
By Nancy Raines Day
Illustrated by David Sheldon
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Marine Life
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Water (Oceans, Lakes)
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Fishes
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3