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The big sea’s littlest mischief-maker, Oona, is back in another delightful tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Raissa Figueroa.
Oona loves to share her inventions with her friends. They’re big and bold and LOUD—just like her! But there’s one underwater creature who doesn’t seem to enjoy Oona’s company, or her creations.
Stanley the shark! He doesn’t care for her squeaky unicorn. And he’s far too busy for the Sea Horse Carousel. And oh GOODNESS! Oona’s latest hopping, chopping, and poppinginventions just make him angry.
Oona may not know what Stanley likes, but she does know what he doesn’t. And maybe that’s a good place to start. Because mermaids never stop trying…not when there’s a friend out there to make.
About the Author
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 www.kellydipucchio.com.
Raissa Figueroa loves walking the beaches in search of tiny treasures of her own. She lives and works in sunny San Diego, CA. She’s the illustrator for several children’s books, including Oona, written by Kelly DiPucchio. You can visit her at www.rizzyfig.com.
“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
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