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The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish

Chloe Savage

Walker (5+) 9781406391886 (Hardback)

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Dr Morley has spent years planning an expedition to seek out the elusive giant Arctic jellyfish.  Finally, the time has arrived to set sail, but will they find it? It’s an adventure about exploration and perseverance and contains a lot of visual humour in small details which readers can discover. There is a lot of visual information about preparation for the voyage and the worlds under and above water that are encountered along the way. Weeks of hard graft result in the discovery of many creatures and habitats, but it seems unlikely they will find the jellyfish…

The stunning use of blue and white to represent the cold contrasts with the burnt orange of the ship.  Humour and playfulness in the illustrations helps to create tonal variation from the text. Dr Morley is female and is shown to be confident and comfortable with her role, and whilst being shown as authoritative, she is also adventurous and curious. There’s an assured quality to the continuity in the smallest of details with bins filling up, boxes of provisions dwindling and body language becoming more despondent and tempers fraying as the search progresses. Every character is given expression and so has motivation and stories attached to them. The watercolour paintings are great, friendly and fun. It’s a vibrant and lively story. Despite being a non-fiction text, the illustrations provide stories as well as the opportunity to learn about deep water exploration. Readers not only witness Dr Morley’s search but can actively engage in hunting for the jellyfish on each page as we are given glimpses into other-worldly underwater environments in the Arctic.

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Chloe Savage

Chloe Savage was born and raised in Stevenage. She has a First Class BA Honours in TV and Film Set Design from Cardiff and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from The Cambridge School of Art. She has worked for a number of years in opera, film and television. While doodling on call sheets, Chloe found her way to her great love of illustration and storytelling. Chloe is a great lover of food and the seaside, she currently lives in Hitchin with her husband and has never been happier. Find her on Instagram as @chloe.the.savage.

Shadowers' reviews and artwork

I absolutely love this book,10/10 . I like how the illustrations have humour . The drawings are so intricate and detailed . I would vote for this book any day.

Rosie

Witham St Hughs Readers

I think this book is very interesting. Its really creative that the jellyfish is always in the picture where the captain cant see. It shows that if you are really determined in doing something then eventually you will do it or find it in this case.

Angela

Reading allowed

I love this book the illustrations are beautiful, and I love how inspiring this book is. The main character is constantly showing resilience throughout the book, influencing the readers and showing them if you never give up eventually you will find/get what you were working so hard for. Would recommend this book to friends and family.

Aimee

Reading allowed