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Deep Underwater

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Sophia bravely dives down to discover the secrets under the sea. She encounters beautiful fish and floating forests. Farther down, the dark water is full of tentacles and treasures. Deep underwater, she is never alone. Do you dare dive down after her?

The ocean is full of endless possibilities in this dreamy, imagistic story from acclaimed author / illustrator Irene
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Groundwood Books
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Sweet Pea
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I know where dragons live and where floating forests grow."

Lovely book!
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

"My name is Sophia. I live by the sea. I know all its secrets. I know where dragons live and where floating forests grow..."

From the author and illustrator behind the critically praised Mr. Frank comes Deep Underwater, a story about a young girl named Sophia and her extraordinary journey into the deep sea. Sophia invites the reader to "dive down" with her, believing in the reader and their bravery to explore sea wonders with her. As Sophia dives with a "deep breath", we go "past the day" to the
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: female, picture-books
Nothing stellar in this picture book that features a female main character swimming in her dress down deep underwater to appreciate the beauty and intensity of the deep ocean.

Collage art is fine, but the story didn’t seem to have a point for readers to take away. I wasn’t moved by the words because they didn’t flow well either in taking the reader along for the journey and sending a message.
Kati Polodna
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Make sure to spend time lingering over the whimsical illustrations.
Baby Bookworm
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Deep Underwater by Irene Luxbacher, a dreamy and surreal adventure to the ocean floor.

A young girl named Sophia invites the reader along as she dives down deep into the sea. She knows all the ocean’s secrets, and she’s glad to share them. Down into the dark, where bubbles swirl and creatures swim and sunken ships hide their treasure. There’s all that and more:
Nadia L. Hohn
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book and fell in love with the deep dreamy colours. Dark... I associated it with being symbolic of depression and emerging from tragedy to find oneself, "a friend" in oneself. Complete disclosure, I know the author-illustrator of this book. Irene Luxbacher illustrated my two picture books Malaika's Costume and Malaika's Winter Carnival and now she is working on my third (all with the same publisher, Groundwood Books). I am excited to hear the voice of Sophia as she moves through the ...more
Sep 15, 2018 added it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Kirkus Reviews "Groundwood Books’ Most-Anticipated Books of the Fall!"
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An interesting semi-surrealist journey deep into the ocean, with some illustrations partially collage style and some two-page spreads entirely wordless.

Not entirely sure what's up with the ending.

Favorite line: "Stars can only shine when the light fades."
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
As someone that has always been fascinated by the deep ocean, this book is just lovely. The collage technique and the wordplay are well matched.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Reminded me of This is Blue - gorgeous gorgeous illustrations, but an amorphous daydream of text.

I struggle with plotless meanderings like this, that look like a story, but really rely on the reader to provide the finer details. Usually I'm just not ready to fire up my rusty old imagination. Regardless of the text, I really appreciate the depth and detail of the illustrations.
Jason Muckley
"Deep Underwater" was a beautiful and poetic children's book with vibrant colors to spark a child's imagination.

The illustrations are made from mixed media collages and make the reader believe they are underwater in the middle of a dream. This was a lovely read!
May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Fairly simple and forgettable, but it had pretty artwork.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Beautiful illustrations. For anyone who views the ocean as a magical place this book is a winner
Kelly Jones
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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the mixed media collages really are the heart of this book. i love them so much that text is something i could do without.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
A beautiful book but the text is a bit hard to follow for many young readers.
3 Stars ! Loved the illustrations in this book they are absolutely beautiful. The context could have been a little better though. It didn’t really make much sense. ...more
Dana Storytime Account
I really liked the artwork of this book.
Edward Sullivan
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A fantastical adventure with stunningly dreamy illustrations.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
gorgeous illustrations but zero point to the "story"
Miss Sarah
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
A young girl goes ona wonderous adventure under the sea where she meets friends and relatives who show her love. Whimsical. Preschool and up
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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The message got a bit lost towards the end of the book.
Syntha Green
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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A dreamy adventure under the sea - beautifully illustrated
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Beautiful illustrations that I could pour over again and again.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I give this book 2.5 stars. The illustrations are nice, but the story is way too deep for picture-book aged children.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Weird and pretty. A little confusing. For ages 4-6 who love artsy stuff.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magical and beautiful illustrations show the depths and mysteries of the ocean as we follow Sophie, who lives by the sea, on a deep, deep dive under the waves and into a void.

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After graduating with a degree in Art History from Queen’s University, Irene studied Fine Art (specifically drawing and painting) at Emily Carr College of Art and Design.

Irene has a background in art education and has lead visual arts workshops for more than 17 years in Public schools in Toronto and at The Avenue Road Arts School. Both the Jumbo Books and the Starting Art Series have received