Friday, December 14, 2018
Fact Friday: Flying Deep: climb inside deep-sea submersible ALVIN by Michelle Cusolito
Flying Deep: climb inside deep-sea submersible ALVIN by Michelle Cusolito. Illustrated by Nicole Wong unpgd. Charlesbridge, March, 2018. 9781580898119. (Review of finished copy courtesy of publisher.)
Fact Friday Features Flying Deep: Climb inside deep-sea submersible ALVIN by Michelle Cusolito. Work inside ALVIN is not for the claustrophobic. The tiny vessel barely fits three scientists and does its work miles under the sea where it is very cold and very dark. Luscious language in a log-book style give readers a "you are there" vibe. The digitally rendered illustrations provide a feast for the eyes.
Even though photographic illustrations are becoming more common in informational literature, there is something to be said for artistic rendering. The art here is lush and atmospheric. The need to turn the book perpendicularly to view and read adds to the feeling of deep diving.
The backmatter is terrific. There's a very detailed and interesting author's note, an illustrator's note, some additional ALVIN facts, a glossary, an explanation of some of the organisms featured in the book, four books, a film and some websites, including the author's Pinterest Board.
Flying Deep is a great book to introduce any number of STEM lessons and sure to inspire budding oceanographers! This is the author's picture book debut and I'm looking forward to reading more.