Tuesday 15 November 2022

Tales From the Sea

Tales From the Sea by May Gibbs (Scholastic Australia) HB RRP $16.99 ISBN: 9781761128387

Reviewed by Kellie Nissen

Loved by generations of children since 1916, May Gibbs’ Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie continue to delight young readers of today. This imaginative new tale, inspired by the classic storytelling and illustrative style of May Gibbs has been written by Kate Wenban, with illustrations created by Caroline Keys.

At the start of the story, we meet Snugglepot and Little Ragged Blossom as they are enjoying a day at the beach. True to form, they find themselves in a spot of bother, ending up at the bottom of the sea where new adventures begin – starting with being sent on a mission to find a mysterious ‘finless boy’ (who is, of course, Cuddlepie).

During their underwater adventure alongside the bush babies, readers meet – or are reintroduced to – new Fish Folk friends, including Obelia, Ann Chovy and John Dory. They ride sea dragons, face up to Moray the Gatekeeper and act as matchmakers at the Ocean Dance.

In keeping with May Gibbs’ style, the text is denser than your average picture book – more like a short chapter book disguised as a picture book. However, combined with the glorious, colourful and wide-eyed illustrations Tales from The Sea makes the perfect bedtime story or tale for shared reading in front of the fire or outside under the gumtrees.

Targeted at a young audience of 3 – 7 years of age, Tales from The Sea will nonetheless delight readers of all ages.

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