Picture Book Review: A Day in the Deep by Kevin Kurtz and Erin E. Hunter (Illustrations)


Author: Kevin Kurtz

Illustrator: Erin E. Hunter

Age Range: 3 and up

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (September 10, 2013)

Genre: Non-fiction picture book

Series: None

Source: Publisher for review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Travel deep into the ocean way below the surface and you’ll encounter
some creatures you never knew existed! This book takes you on a journey
through the dark depths of the sea towards the ocean floor. Most
ecosystems need sunlight, but deep in the ocean where the sun doesn’t
shine animals have adapted some very interesting ways to see, protect
themselves, and eat. Discover the unique habitats, adaptations, and food
chains of these deep-sea creatures.

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About the Author:

Kevin Kurtz has loved books and nature since he was a kid growing up in
upstate New York. He holds degrees in English literature and elementary
education and started his professional career assisting with lab and
field work at a marine biology research center.
For over a decade,
Kevin has combined all of these experiences by working as an
environmental educator and curriculum writer for organizations such as
the South Carolina Aquarium, the Center for Birds of Prey in South
Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. A Day
in the Salt Marsh, his first children’s book, was published in 2007. His
newest book A Day on the Mountain was published in 2010.

My Thoughts:

The first time I read this book to my kids, I didn’t really like it. But
my kids did. So we read it again. And again. And about 20 more times
after that. I found that I liked it better each time. For the most part,
The rhyming text flows easily. The illustrations are highly detailed
and accurately depict the sea life described. It was
interesting to learn about the different depths of the ocean and find
out what animals live at certain levels.

There were two things that I felt could have been better. The first is
that some of the illustrations didn’t plan for the gutter very well and
fish heads got stuck in the fold of the book, which made it kind of
difficult to see all the nicely rendered details. The second is that I
felt like some information was sacrificed for the sake of the rhyme.  I
would have preferred a non-rhyming book so that we could have gotten
more facts about the animals.

That being said, my kids and I really enjoyed our trip(s) into the deep
and I look forward to more non-fiction books from this author and publisher. 

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