Monday, April 12, 2010
Review The Pacific Ocean
THE PACIFIC OCEAN
By: Cartoongems.com and Oriolo Educational Publications
Adapted/Edited by: Kristin Johnson
Published by: James A Rumpf II
Illustrated by Kevin O’Flaherty
This review is based on a review copy provided by Kristin Johnson in exchange for review, all reviews being my own opinion without guarantee or assumption of liking or disliking.
According to The Pacfic Ocean adapter/editor Kristin Johnson, “The book is available on CreateSpace.com and as a PDF on our Web site, and we will soon have a talking e-book version. This is a line of books that will feature recurring characters, especially the star, Professor BEEtoven.”
The Pacific Ocean is a clever, educational tale with cartoon characters. Professor BEEtoven, is an “educated good-natured bee who knows everything;” Tad the Frog, a “fun-loving ambitious learner;” and Barnacle Bill, a “wise, old, seasoned sea captain” with a hearing problem.
Barnacle Bill explains to Professor BEEtoven about the Pacific Ocean’s size, its boundaries and facts about both its history and its life. Because Barnacle Bill has trouble hearing, the story mixes humor with fact, thus keeping young readers interested and turning the pages. Readers learn the Pacific Ocean covers 1/3 of the earth’s surface, and it stretches 9,000 miles east to west. They also learn at its deepest, the Pacific Ocean is more than 36,198 feet deep.
Barnacle Bill shares some names of fish which inhabit the Pacific waters as well as names of major ports. He also talks about the explorers who sailed this great expanse of ocean.
The cartoon characters which accompany the story were created by Joe Oriolo, a world famous animator and writer. He began his career in 1933 with Walt Disney Studios. Later he worked for Max Fliesher Studios and Paramount. Joseph Oriolo spent many of those early years animating Betty Boop, Popeye, Little LuLu and Superman. He’s best known for Casper the Friendly Ghost. Illustrator, Kevin O’Flaherty does a wonderful job of bringing these delightful characters to the page.