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[Nonfiction Wednesday] The Otherworld Of The Bathysphere

"Otis And Will Discover The Deep: The Record-Setting Dive Of The Bathysphere" by Barb Rosenstock and Katherine Roy.

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Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2020 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.


Otis And Will Discover The Deep: The Record-Setting Dive Of The Bathysphere

(Amazon | Book Depository)

Written by Barb Rosenstock Illustrated by Katherine Roy
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers (2018)
ISBN: 0316393827 (ISBN13: 9780316393829) Literary Award: NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Nominee (2019)
Borrowed via Singapore’s NLB Overdrive. E-Book photos taken by me.

I have always been fascinated by the deep blue sea. I think of myself as a daughter of the moon and the sea, being a March baby – a Pisces. While I can not swim to save my life, there is something about the unexplored otherworldly realm of the bathysphere that calls to me so, as it did Otis and Will, evidently.

Born 20 years apart, it is fascinating how these two men found each other: one, an ingenious designer who actually invented a wood helmet to allow him to discover the deep; the other, a scholar who has spent his entire life studying and exploring and discovering the world around him.

Everything about this nonfiction narrative worked so well: from the individual story line of each man, that led up to their fortuitous meeting, the build-up of the suspense, and the gorgeous artwork of Katherine Roy that is so well-researched and experimented on as she has so gleefully shared in her Illustrator’s Note at the end of the book.

I think more than anything that is what made this book so effective: the absolute thrill of discovery, the excitement of sharing it, the magic of the unknown magnified a hundredfold. Find this book and discover the bathysphere, and all its murky depths, bright colours and well-kept secrets.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

3 comments on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] The Otherworld Of The Bathysphere

  1. Hi Dr Myra
    Glad to know you’re in the UAE. My very best to you and your loved ones. Enjoyed your lessons and the world of great books you shared with us.

    Every time I come across a good book, you come to mind and a light chuckle and a great smile appears. Always thought I would bump into you and thank you personally, but I guess the next time I have a lay over in UAE, might just find you holding court, smashing your way to a good sweat.

    Take care and cheers.

    Haniff
    Masters of Education (Early Childhood 2012)
    NIE/NTU

    Liked by 1 person

  2. The pairing of this author and illustrator was genius. Barb Rosenstock writes amazing nonfiction and so does Katherine Roy but oh, her art is fabulous.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I’ve read & shared this one, Myra. It is a wonderful book, amazing in the adventure shown.

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