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This might be one of the most beautifully-illustrated books I’ve ever read. OONA, by Kelly DiPucchio and Raissa Figueroa, is a story about an adventurous mermaid who tries to find some treasure in the deepest part of the ocean. The eponymous mermaid Oona is very relatable to bold, mischievous kids, and her innovation and determination is inspiring. At one point in the story, Oona gives up on her quest and becomes lazy and aimless. This isn’t common to see in children’s books, but it’s empowering to see Oona pull herself out of the kind of funk everyone experiences sometimes.
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This book is gorgeous! Oona is beautiful and sweet and determined, and her friend Otto is adorable. Both of my boys were following the story with great interest, and I'm thrilled to show them main characters that aren't the same old white characters.
I love the idea behind this book and the illustrations are beautiful, and the dialog and story that you get is cute and sends a good message, but it feels like the story is missing pages (it's not actually). It's really disjointed in the middle, there's no explanation of what's going on. There's no build-up or drama in the middle to make the ending pay off (because it's a series of non sequiturs). The invention that she comes up with (goggles) to meet her goal feels totally random because it's not clear what problem she's trying to solve (you can only assume/guess she couldn't see at some point and that's why she didn't achieve her goal?). So random. It feels like the illustrator made some illustrations, and then the writer had to come up with a story to fit the pictures, and then the printer lost some of the pictures and story when it got printed. Could have been so good with like 4 or 5 more pages of story in the middle!
Oona has the perfect combination of whimsy and grit. This book has lovable characters and imaginative illustrations. My 3-year-old niece loves Otto the Otter and the delicate seaweed in Oona’s hair. My 4-year-old nephew’s favorite part is the shark! As for me, I enjoy reading the punch line at the end. Incredibly satisfying read, fun for all ages! Order this one, you won’t regret it.
This book was cute and my daughter loved the main character. The only downside was that the pages weren’t fully cut. Every couple pages, one would be connected to the one behind it at the top. I ripped a few pages trying to peek in to read the page, then cut them but it isn’t a neat line. But the book itself is great, If it wasn’t for the page issue it would have been 5 stars.
My daughter LOVES Oona! The illustrations are gorgeous, and we love that Oona is a mermaid with beautiful natural hair like my daughter's. Oona is quite a resourceful little mermaid, and her story can help teach persistence and problem solving to kids. Great read, I highly recommend!
Stunning illustrations and heartwarming story of Oona and Otto the otter. Many of important life lessons creatively told for young minds. Great quality! Must have for all the little ones in your life who love the ocean!