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This is book number 3 in the Oona series.
New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Raissa Figueroa are back with another gorgeous and grand tale from the big sea’s littlest mischief-maker, Oona!
Oona is on a mission! A baby beluga whale has lost her way from her family and needs help getting back to her icy arctic home!
But Oona and her best friend Otto have never traveled from their warm ocean waters before. Will old ship maps and a compass be enough to lead them through the dangerous storms ahead?
Oona may be a little mermaid, but she is determined to see this big adventure through! With a bit of bravery and help from some new friends, they'll do all they can to reunite this baby whale with her pod once more.
As School Library Journal said of the first book in this series, Oona: “This title celebrates independence, self-confidence, and bravery to try the new even after defeat as Oona becomes aware of the true treasure in her personal effort.”
Kelly DiPucchio is the New York Times bestselling author of many beloved books for children, including Grace for President, Dragon Was Terrible, and Oona, illustrated by Raissa Figueroa. As a little girl Kelly wanted a pet otter but settled for a pet goat instead. When she’s not writing, Kelly loves to search for treasure and mermaids in Michigan’s Great Lakes. Land friends can visit her online at kellydipucchio.com.
Raissa Figueroa loves walking the beaches in search of tiny treasures of her own. She lives and works in sunny San Diego, California. She’s the illustrator for several children’s books, including Oona, written by Kelly DiPucchio. You can visit her at rizzyfig.com.
The little Black mermaid is back and surprised to discover a little beluga whale swimming in her warm waters. She and her friend Otto the otter embark on a long journey north to return the baby beluga to her family. As the waters become colder, the ocean grows dark, and Oona and her friends lose their way. When hope fades, they meet Siku, a mermaid whose name means ice and who calls the frosty waters home. Recommend to mermaid lovers everywhere. A warmhearted story of friendship, bravery, and helping others.
— School Library Journal
"A fascinating and visually satisfying epic journey of home and friendship." — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Oona and the Shark: “DiPucchio returns here with ebullient Oona…heavy on the charm. Extroverts will see themselves in Oona’s quick ability to chat up just about anyone she meets, introverts will appreciate the tender portrayal of Stanley’s need for solitude, and aspiring inventors will be delighted by Oona’s various contraptions.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"Oona’s missteps and eventual success will inspire children to be more observant and tolerant of personalities that are different from their own. A welcome addition to the vast sea of friendship books for children.: — Kirkus Reviews
"Intriguing illustrations filled with underwater details, colors, and effects such as filtered sunlight reveal the flora and fauna of Oona’s ocean . . . SEL lesson for all ages, Oona learns that fun can loud... but it can also be quiet camaraderie's with individuals happily sharing time together." — School Library Journal
Praise for Oona: “This title celebrates independence, self-confidence, and bravery to try the new even after defeat as Oona becomes aware of the true treasure in her personal effort.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
"Oona is an adorable protagonist, with her dark skin, enormous Afro, and striped, orange tail. With her ups and downs and her fundamental ebullience, she will easily win fans... [T]he messages of persistence and of valuing the work of one’s own creation are strong and effective. A small heroine young readers will be happy to meet." — Kirkus Reviews
"Oona is undeniably adorable, and her pal Otto is similarly charming. The playful humor is, like Oona herself, “sweet . . . and a little bit salty,” bringing together gentleness with just a dash of sass. Disney kids will recognize the book’s many nods to The Little Mermaid and appreciate its attempts to diversify the underwater world." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for Grace for President: "DiPucchio and Pham are game gals. Explaining the electoral system to adults isn’t easy, but they make it understandable to kids." — Booklist
"Thought-provoking and timely." — School Library Journal
"Delivers lessons on electoral votes, polls, and the reason every vote counts." — New York Times
Praise for Dragon was Terrible: "The text and illustrations work together to offer readers a different story—one that is modern and timeless… This is one terribly good dragon tale that will leave readers laughing and with an appreciation for the healing power of a good book." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"In naive, flattened cartoons, Pizzoli mixes modern and medieval with aplomb as Dragon TP’s a castle and spray paints “Dragon was here” on a wall underneath a posted notice from the king promising a reward to whomever stops Dragon. These pictures, combined with DiPucchio’s clearly disapproving narrator make Dragon’s transgressions all the funnier." — Publishers Weekly
"Funny details abound in Pizzoli’s cartoon illustrations...The witty, conversational-style narration interjects timely comments. VERDICT: In this laugh-out-loud picture book, the powers of storytelling triumphantly tame the beast." — School Library Journal
Praise for Super Manny Stands Up: "This charming story marries the mania for superheroes with a potent anti-bullying message, making it an apt tale for present times." — Kirkus Reviews
“DiPucchio’s…brevity and directness should make an instant connection with readers. Graegin’s pencil-and-ink pictures seem unassuming and lighthearted…, but when the lunchroom scene unfolds, the images take on surprising and touching drama, creating a powerful moment of truth.” — Publishers Weekly
"VERDICT: This wonderful read-aloud is sure to be a crowd-pleaser." — School Library Journal
Praise for Everyone Loves Bacon: “Retro art meets wry humor in this very funny tale of hubris set in a diner. Throughout, Wight's expressive illustrations meet DiPucchio's text at every humorous turn as they define the foodstuffs-er, characters with cartoonish panache. A bacon book so funny that perhaps even some vegetarians will love it.” — Kirkus Reviews
“DiPucchio and Wight...tell a comically cautionary story that's worthy of Behind the Music. DiPucchio's short, direct text provides just the right setup for Wight's boisterous, spoofy drawings and egomaniacal star. His bright-eyed anthropomorphism and visual nudges should remind many readers of Veggie Tales at its most supremely silly.” — Publishers Weekly