Book Review: Under the Ocean: Explore and Discover New Zealand’s Sea Life, by Ned Barraud & Gillian Candler

Available in bookstores nationwide

cv_under_the_oceanUnder the Ocean is a beautifully-illustrated children’s reference guide to New Zealand’s oceans and the creatures found there. It is by the clever duo who also wrote and illustrated At the Beach and In the Garden.

Under the Ocean is split into sections which tell you about a certain area of the ocean, such as reefs or the deep ocean. The book then goes further and shows you the sort of sea life and plants that live in that habitat, with lots of detailed information.

This book is filled with loads of interesting facts about life under the sea and amazing realistic illustrations. Did you know that King Crabs can grow up to 1 metre and live up to 1.5 kilometres below the ocean’s surface? This book would be helpful to classrooms around the country, but would also make a useful guide for tourists.

I would recommend this book to teachers, and children aged 6+. This wonderful book is a finalist in the non-fiction category of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults.

Review by Elisabeth Matsis (9), with a little bit of help from Tiffany Matsis

Under the Ocean: explore & discover New Zealand’s sea life
by Ned Barraud & Gillian Candler
Published by Craig Potton Publishers
ISBN 9781927213087