Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin

illus. by Nicole Wong. 32p. chron. further reading. glossary. websites. Charlesbridge. May 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781580898119; pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781580898416.
Gr 2–4—On the Alvin submersible, three scientists dive into the Pacific Ocean to discover if life thrives at the bottom of the sea. Written in a loose logbook style, the book captures the emotions of the scientists who are hopeful that their work could lead to new discoveries. Cusolito's narrative takes readers through a normal day on the Alvin and uses sound effects, repetition, and challenging vocabulary to provide kids with a suspenseful and informative plot. ("Alvin sinks, slowly spinning DOWN DOWN DOWN. Your stomach flutters.") Wong's realistic yet subdued digital illustrations are a perfect match for the subject matter. In addition, the font color contrasts with the background, making for an easy reading experience.
VERDICT A captivating story that introduces and encourages scientific study, specifically the field of oceanography. A great addition to STEM collections.

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