The Caldecott Medal-winning author-illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Pal brings his whimsical and fun-filled storytelling fashion to an extended format in The Aquanaut, a graphic novel for center grade readers.
Sophia Revoy’s household has all the time been concerned in marine biology. Her father and uncle commonly exit to sea on lengthy analysis expeditions, and so they additionally opened a marine reserve and theme park known as Aqualand of their hometown of San Diego. However 5 years in the past, Sophia’s father was misplaced at sea throughout an expedition, and neither Sophia nor Aqualand has been the identical since.
One afternoon, Sophia heads to the park to persuade her uncle to assist together with her science honest challenge, her last hope of salvaging her failing grade in science class. On her manner by way of the park to Aqualand’s labs, she bumps into somebody in an aquanaut go well with. She rapidly discovers that the go well with isn’t being worn by an individual. As a substitute, it’s an animatronic system being piloted by a quartet of sea creatures: Captain Sodapop, a hermit crab; Carlos, a dumbo octopus; Jobim, a sea turtle; and Antonio, a tiny blanket octopus. Sophia is swept up in a sequence of mishaps and escapades with these unlikely associates. Alongside the way in which, she uncovers long-buried secrets and techniques about her father’s disappearance—and about Aqualand itself.
Dan Santat’s signature visible fashion lends itself fantastically to the lighthearted, adventurous tone of the story and its many moments of slapstick comedy. His panels are colourful and brilliant, and his characters are cartoonish in one of the best ways. Santat excels in drawing human and sea creature facial expressions that drive residence the feelings every character feels. The Aquanaut is a humorous and heartwarming story in regards to the lengths to which we’ll go to guard and look after our households.