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 an artist and author living in Toronto, Canada. With more than fifteen years’ experience as an illustrator, Irene has received numerous awards for her children’s instructional and picture books. She wrote and illustrated the picture book Mr. Frank, which was selected for the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List. She recently illustrated Malaika’s Costume and its sequel, Malaika’s Winter Carnival, by Nadia L. Hohn, as well as Mittens to Share by Emil Sher.
Awards and Praise
Deep Underwater by Irene Luxbacher
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