An Island Tale of Discovery and Adventure
by Carlos PenaVega; Alexa PenaVega
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Pub Date 25 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2022
Thomas Nelson: CHILDREN'S, Thomas Nelson
Join Ocean and Kingston as they explore the ocean, discover wildlife, and learn fascinating marine facts in Ocean's World, an action and adventure story for kids!
Ocean and his little brother, Kingston, explore the beautiful island of Maui in search of a sunrise shell for their mom’s birthday gift. But with a rumbling volcano and so much to unearth, will the boys ever find the special shell?
Celebrity couple Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, known for their starring roles in Big Time Rush and Spy Kids, respectively, debut their first picture book, inspired by their firstborn son, Ocean, and their home in Hawaii.
As Ocean and Kingston's adventure unfolds, you'll encounter so many fun and educational surprises along the way! During their journey you'll learn
- how high a dolphin can jump;
- how long it takes for a sea-turtle egg to hatch;
- different types of shells including the cone, cowrie, puka, and Triton’s trumpet; and
- types of animals in the ocean.
Whether they're surfing the waves, scouring the beach, or snorkeling in the tide pools, Ocean and Kingston are determined to learn everything the island can teach them.
With lively illustrations and sea-sational facts, Ocean's World
- is ideal for kids 4 to 8, especially fans of Octonauts or Magic School Bus;
- is a perfect gift for baby showers, Christmas, or birthdays, as well as a just-because gift for curious kids; and
- fits on a child's lap or in a gift basket.
Kids will so love exploring the island and ocean--and all the wonders they have to offer--that they won't want their island adventure to end!
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This children's book tells the story of Ocean and Kingston, two young boys, who explore their surroundings in Hawaii. The book is a fiction story but there are lots of "fun fact" boxes, as well as phonetic pronunciations and even information throughout the story (what the characters say as they discover something etc) that make this a very informative book. From shells, to animals there is lots to learn in this book! Of course, beyond the educational factors, it is also a beautiful picture book portraying a lovely summer day on a beach, an idyllic setting for any picture book (or dream vacation?). I really like this book and would definitely consider purchasing a copy for my classroom library. I would recommend this book to parents of children in the age 4-8 range. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
This is a sweet story about two brothers searching for a special shell to give to their mother for her birthday. The illustrations were lovely, I liked the story and the introduction of all the animals and the fun facts were very informative. I do think think this is better suited for a 5-6 year old and there’s a lot of different types of animals and shells spoken about. Also, the introduction of many Hawaiian words which was very informative and interesting! This would be a great bedtime story or a fun story in an educational setting. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the free preview in exchange for an honest review.
This was adorable!
Two brothers and their dog have an adventure on the beach, looking for their mother's favorite kind of shell, to give her as a birthday present. While searching, they get to learn quite a few fan facts about ocean life, and they have a lot of fun.
This is a great summery read I’m sure kids will love. I loved the colors and illustrations, as well as the general fun, curious and exciting feel of the book.
I knew Carlos and Alexa PenaVega mostly from Picture Perfect Mysteries. I love that series, and it’s nice to see they have other talents as well. I'd certainly be happy to check out their other books, if they ever decide to write more.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of Ocean's World by Carlos and Alexa PenaVega in exchange for an honest review.
Ocean's World is a really beautiful book about two children who try to find a beautiful shell for their mother. I loved the variety of the animals featured in the book, as well as lots of facts about ocean creatures. There is also Hawaiian vocabulary scattered throughout. Beautiful illustrations!
Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson Publishing and Netgalley for the Ebook to read and review.
Actors Carlos and Alexa PenaVega write a beautiful adventure using their very own family as the characters in the story. It’s Alexa’s birthday and their sons Ocean and Kingston want to find her a Sunrise Shell from the beach, sending them both on an amazing adventure.
This was the cutest picture book, it took you on a wonderful adventure around Hawaii in search of one magical shell. The boys explore so many places throughout the story and find so many other shells and creatures and even though the shell they wanted was hard to find they kept searching.
I loved that we got so many extra facts just casually placed within the pages telling us the Hawaiian pronunciation for certain words spoken, or facts about the creatures we see along the way. They were really interesting to learn and I loved that they were included.
The illustrations were adorable so beautifully done, it captured the story so perfectly on each page and I adored looking at them on each page seeing what creatures were there and they were amazing.
I really highly recommend this picture book, it is so creative and sweet and is a visually beautiful book with an amazing adventure and two really cute siblings. It has great simple facts, you’ll be captivated right away and instantly love this book as I did.
This is an adorable book about 2 young children, Ocean and Kingston off an an adventure in Hawaii to find the perfect gift for their mom. This book is full of interesting and easy to understand facts about Hawaii, animals, and nature. The illustrations are gorgeous and the story is very sweet. This is a book I would recommend and pick up a physical copy of for my children.
This picture book tells the story of a pair of young brothers in Hawaii who are in search of a special shell for their mom. Along the way, they discover plenty of other natural treasures.
The best part of the book are the illustrations. They are vibrant, colorful, whimsical, and just plain adorable. The story is simple but sweet. There are “fun facts” on each spread that are interesting, but they break up the narrative. I think they would be more useful if presented differently, like with a fun fact page at the end instead.
This is a very cute read and would be especially fun leading up to a trip to Hawaii.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an advance reader copy!
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