|Catastrophe by the sea|
Author: Peterson, Brenda
A lost cat wanders the beach alone and meets a colony of live creatures living at the sea's edge. From a sea anemone and a barnacle, the cat learns empathy and the amazing powers tide pool creatures have in order to survive.
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/19)
School Library Journal (09/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2019 K-Gr 3—The marine creatures living in the tide pool along the ocean's edge are at first alarmed by the cat that has pounced his way there, a long way from home. But after a stinging confrontation between the cat and a sea anemone turns amicable, the other sea creatures extend a welcome to Catastrophe the cat as well. Catastrophe learns about the diverse lifestyles of the ocean creatures and is sad when he can't find them after a strong and violent tide nearly washes them all away. However, Catastrophe soon learns of the amazing resilience of the sea animals and develops a strong affinity and appreciation for them as individuals. Through characters such as Buddy the barnacle and Naimonee the anemone as well as a dance troupe of crabs and a band of barnacles, young readers will learn some of the characteristics that make these creatures unique. Written by acclaimed nature writer Peterson, in partnership with the Seattle Aquarium, the uniquely creative picture book tells an adventure story that builds awareness, understanding, and empathy for a world that some may overlook or take for granted. There is a wealth of information and inspiration to learn by observing the teamwork and survival skills of the smallest of living things. Young's distinctive collage artwork is phenomenal and adds texture and detail to the story that is integral to the moods of the book. VERDICT A harmonious picture book that celebrates biodiversity and builds empathy.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 09/01/2019 An adventurous feline named Catastrophe loses his way and finds himself prowling a tide pool. He'd like to play, but the octopus squirts ink at him, and a sea anemone stings him with her tentacles. The barnacles make interesting noises, but they never leave home. When the tide rolls in, Catastrophe is swept up, tossed around, and deposited near some driftwood; the tide pool is now submerged. The next morning, the pool reappears, and two children arrive to rescue the cat. Peterson's lyrical text perfectly complements Young's stunning mixed-media-and-collage artwork. In one spread, the cat's shadow looms over a flailing, gigantic red octopus; in another, Catastrophe's paws reach out to the delicate, pastel tentacles of an anemone; and a band of purple barnacles rhythmically click and clack their shells despite being permanently attached to a rock. The layout, including text that swirls artistically, much as the sea ebbs and flows, is also noteworthy. Appended with further discussion of tide pools and the importance of empathizing with these creatures. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.