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Wow! Ocean!

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Sea Stars! Anemones! Sharks! Whales! The ocean is filled with exciting things and Izzy and her sister are determined to explore every bit of it! From beach to tide pools to murky depths-every creature is uncovered in full vibrant color and labeled clearly to help explorers identify their discoveries on future journeys.

A great book for any reader who wants to wiggle their t
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Muskingum County Library System
I shared this book in Toddler Storytime once and the little ones were practically climbing over me (and each other) to point out all of the different things in the pictures--even the shy kids! This book is great for practicing the early literacy practice of simply reading with your child and helping him or develop recommended to share for a storytime or one-on-one. I'd also recommend this author/illustrator's other books (Wow!City!; Wow! America!; etc.) if they elicit the same kind of response. ...more
Mely
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful, colorful illustrations. A couple of them are three page spreads. Visually appealing to my 2 yr old, but a little busy. Lots and lots of sea creatures illustrated and labeled with their common names; too bad they did not have any seahorses (my little one loves those). Also, can be used as a seek-and-find book, which my daughter loves! Each page has scuba divers and a hidden crab that she'll try to find. Got this book to compliment our toddler ocean study. Very little "story" text, but ...more
Jannah
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is best read doing an impression of Owen Wilson.

(If you don't know what I'm talking about, go to youtube and look up "owen wilson wow" for a compilation of all his various WOWs)

One toddler during my storytime got really upset at the spread with the anglerfish, so be aware that some of the images might be too intense for some little ones.

Otherwise, super simply-worded book but fun illustrations.
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Carina
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a 4-year-old, I'm really curious about animals, so even though this book doesn't have much text, I was still really interested in it. I've learned about a lot of the creatures mentioned in the book from the show Octonauts, so I liked making connections with what I already knew. ...more
Amanda
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-books
This book has a lot of fun illustrations with all the animals marked with names. Other than that, however, it is so annoying to read. The only words on each two page spread are, "Wow! Dolphins! [or whales, beach, etc]". Ugh. ...more
Matthew
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not a book to read right before bed when the kids are looking for ways to delay sleep.
Sarah's Storytime
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: baby-lapsit
Baby Lapsit - but lots going on in the pictures. Perhaps overwhelming.
David
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Wow! Ocean! by Robert Neubecker follows Izzy the mountain girl as she and her family vacation at the ocean.

The text is minimal with "Wow!" followed by the subject of a two or three page spread. Many of the animals and plants have their name written on them or nearby.

The colorful illustrations are definitely the stars of this book. Among the subjects shown are shells, a tide pool, fish, rays, whales, sharks, jellyfish, denizens of the deep, coral reefs, dolphins, anemone, turtles, a sunken ship a
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Sarah Sammis
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow! Ocean! by Robert Neubecker caught my attention both for it's enthusiastic title as well as its ocean setting.

The book opens with Izzy and her family traveling from the mountains to the beach for a day of fun. Then the book settles into page after page of the basic different things of the ocean, each introduced with "Wow!" For example: "Wow! Fish!" and "Wow! Whales!"

For children in preschool through about first grade, the Wow! text is perfect. It gets across basic concepts: fish, coral reef,
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Heidi-Marie
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
This is not what I had thought it would be. Lots to see on every page, which makes this best as a read-alone (for school-age) or lap-read. Not so great for storytimes unless you have a small group that can sit close and have a good look at everything in the illustrations. The labels for the various creatures were not always easily seen. But I learned a couple of names for things I did not know before. I was very happy that there was a whole page for dolphins and turtles, even if only one kind of ...more
Jennifer
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature
I just shared this book with a group of 2- and 3-year-olds this morning and they loved it! I have been presenting Toddler Storytime for a few years and have never seen such a reaction to a book! They were practically climbing over me (and each other) to point out all of the different things in the pictures--even the shy kids! The theme for today's storytime was "A Whale of a Tale" and I was also talking about the early literacy practice of reading with your child and how that helps develop print ...more
Elisabeth
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Used this in the lapsit storytime - and it was a success! The pictures are vibrant and big and the text simple and repetitive. I also chose to point out a few ocean animals and terminology to strengthen vocabulary. My 3 year old spent a lot of time with it and we learned all sorts of names for the different sea creatures. I think I remember looking at a few of his other "Wow!" books but I'm going to have to revisit them! ...more
Christine Turner
Mar 22, 2016 added it
Shelves: sea, ocean
Sea Stars! Anemones! Sharks! Whales! The ocean is filled with exciting things and Izzy and her sister are determined to explore every bit of it! From beach to tide pools to murky depths-every creature is uncovered in full vibrant color and labeled clearly to help explorers identify their discoveries on future journeys.
A great book for any reader who wants to wiggle their toes in the sand or dive right into the deep!
Sarah
Library storytime notes: This was a fantastic book to read out loud to a group of small children. With its limited words and rich pictures, this is perfect for younger children or those with shorter attention spans. We picked out our favourite fish and shells. And this was a great book to pair with some felts on the feltboard -- handing out some felt fish and getting kids to look for their fish/turn to put it up on the felt board.
Tricia
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Izzy the mountain girl goes on another adventure...this time to the beach. Bright and bold illustrations will occupy an ocean lover for hours. These titles aren't so much ones to share with a group as to purchase or check out for one child to spend hours pouring over. My ocean fan was hard pressed to let this one go. ...more
Libby
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book has great illustrations and minimal text- it's mostly to learn about the names of ocean creatures. My son (and I) really likes looking at it over and over. The only thing I don't like are the fold-out pages-- they get bent and mangled so easily with small kids... We also like trying to find the sisters and the dog on every page :) ...more
Jess
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
July 2015 - a hit at toddler storytime and at home - read on repeat, Ben loved to find the crab and dog on each page.

July 2016 - this year Ben is more interested in the names of the different sea creatures, and their different features, and he doesn't need as much help spotting the dog and crab.
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Fatima
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I personally believe that all WOW books which are wittten by Robert Neubecker are wonderful books for children. In this book the pictures and the animales are depict in amazing way. As a teacher, I can teach young learners about the ocean and its animals.


Kate McCartney
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
I love these "Wow" books by Neubecker and not just because they star an Izzy. WOW Ocean is the best one so far. The detail illustrations of the undersea world are amazing. Don't forget to find the dog on each page. ...more
Nicole
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture_book
Nicely done, and very informative around all things "ocean." Each two-page spread highlights a different facet of ocean exploration (e.g., whales, sharks, coral reef). Details about particular species, etc. are written in tiny print around the related artwork. Colorful and fun book to look through. ...more
Janet
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
A book to look at the detail of various species of fish and mammals that live in the ocean. Two page spread illustrations as well as some three page spreads. I love how all of the page is filled with illustration just like a painting.
Allison
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations in this book are the kind that I could look at over and over again. Can you find the doggie on every page? Can you identify all the sea life on each page? Beautiful colors and lots to talk about with young readers!
Bronwyn
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a work of quiet genius. It exactly mirrors how children approach the wonders they see in the world. Nicely labelled, vibrantly drawn. Very engaging. You'll be googling for answers to their questions in no time. ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting way of continuing the Wow! theme through the pages. More information arises with multiple reads. Once will not be enough.
Laura
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
WOW! Great illustrations.
Wendy Kuzma
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Might be a good one for Toddler Time. Kids could say the repeating "Wow" along with the story.
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Lesley Looper
Really nice illustrations in this one! I like the vibrant colors, as well as the labels on many of the underwater animals. Well done!
Heather
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful fun illustrations with names to all of the creatures!
Kathleen
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
we are transitioning my daughter from board books to picture books and this is one of her first. she loves it! it is very visual - full of colorful animal illustrations, etc.
Rachel
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Sort-of-nonfiction, the illustrations are very complex and they are hard to interpret sometimes, like the sense of awe it gives about the planet though.
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