Out of the Blue

Dial. Jul. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593353875.
PreS-Gr 1–An “it’s OK to be different” picture book. A young pink-haired, glasses-wearing protagonist named Coral is going on a field trip to the aquarium with her school. She finds herself overwhelmed by all the noises from her classmates and the large creatures that fill up the tanks. She finds peace in the bioluminescent hall, where she finds a kraken that only appeared after the rest of the class leaves the hall. Coral and the kraken bond and when her classmates find her, she shows them the hidden beauty of the bioluminescent hall. While Coral is appealing, the font style and color choices are distracting and may make it difficult for young readers to follow. The story itself can feel disjointed, although the ongoing commentary of Coral’s classmates provides humor.
VERDICT Despite strong messaging, this is an additional purchase.

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