About this book
Sophia bravely dives down to discover the secrets under the sea. She encounters beautiful fish and floating forests. Farther down, the dark water is full of tentacles and treasures. Deep underwater, she is never alone. Do you dare dive down after her?
The ocean is full of endless possibilities in this dreamy, imagistic story from acclaimed author / illustrator Irene Luxbacher. Her otherworldly paintings show colorful fish, rippling seawater and the secrets to be found at the bottom of the ocean. Sophia’s journey will linger with readers long after the return to shore.
About the Author
Irene Luxbacher is a Canadian artist and author. She has received numerous awards and nominations for many of her children’s books over the years, but her favourite nods of approval come from readers who share the remarkable art they’ve made after reading one of her books. She wrote and illustrated the acclaimed picture books Deep Underwater and Mr. Frank. Irene was also honored to illustrate Malaika’s Costume and its sequel, Malaika’s Winter Carnival, by the talented Nadia L. Hohn. She lives in Toronto with her family who keep her very busy because she loves them and worries about them constantly.
Awards and Praise
Deep Underwater by Irene Luxbacher
Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award Finalist
Readers ride waves of wonder . . . Masterful artwork and nuanced verse invite readers to hold their breath and dive deep. Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
. . . subtle nods to creative inspirations and the enchanting visuals make for an immersive read celebrating the joys of imagination. Booklist
. . . the adventure creates a sense of quiet wonder and contentment. Publishers Weekly
[Luxbacher's] narration is both succinct and full of rich language, so listeners will have interesting words to ponder while poring over wondrous images. . . . Mixed media art and collage, digitally composed, produce intense colors and a riot of textures that depict the teeming underwater flora and fauna. School Library Journal
In calm and soothing passages, this water nymph takes readers on an immersive adventure. . . . There is a lovely tranquility and depth to this ocean story that lies intriguingly below the shimmering surface. Quill & Quire
Mr. Frank by Irene Luxbacher:
“Outstanding mixed-media collages and a thoughtful text create a distinctive book that rises far above most tributes to grandparental love.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
Malaika’s Costume by Nadia L. Hohn:
“Highly saturated folk-art imagery captures the warmth and vibrancy of the islands. Luxbacher’s collage style lends itself to a child's perspective.” Kirkus Reviews
Malaika’s Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn:
"Luxbacher’s stunning mixed-media collage illustrations surround Hohn’s lilting narrative with color, texture, and sensitivity." Booklist