Picture Book Review: I See the Sea

I See the Sea by Julia Groves

I See the Sea
by Julia Groves

3 out of 5 stars

As the reader explores the ocean, you see a whale, an octopus, squid, seahorse, lobster, sea turtle, and many other marine animals right down to the tiny plankton. There is an information page at the end of the book that tells more facts about each animal.

I liked the art style in this book! The pages are very colorful, and all the animals are so beautiful!

I wasn’t sure about the design of the die-cut openings in the pages. The die-cut openings sometimes align with a fish’s eye, but sometimes the opening doesn’t seem to align with anything at all. The colors are sort of random between the pages, and they don’t really match what came before.
The description says to “peer through the die-cut holes to see which animal treasure is waiting for you when you turn the page.” But when you actually put your eye to the page and look through the opening, sometimes there is just seawater or coral or a rock directly through the opening. It’s nothing special. I’m not sure why the openings aren’t designed to align better, or why the description says to “peer through.” Maybe that is just a metaphorical saying, and you’re not really supposed to put your eye up to the page.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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