1. 2nd Person POV- I love how the reader is grabbed right from the beginning with this 2nd person POV! "Imagine you're the pilot of Alvin"
2. Word Art- The way the text dances on the page adds an element of playfulness and enhances its meaning.
3. Turning the Book- I love, love, love when I have to turn a book vertically and in this one I get to do it twice! Each time, its placement in the story is purposeful; a deliberate decision with so much effect.
4. Timeline- Such a smart choice to organize this book as "a day in the life of Alvin". Easy for kids to follow and it adds another layer to the wonder of Alvin's explorations.
5. Illustrations- I love Nicole Wong's color palette and perspectives. They totally transported me down, down, down, deep into the ocean.
Parents: If you have a nonfiction lover at home then you MUST get your hands on this book. Budding scientists will beg to read this one again and again!
Teachers: Perfect addition to any ocean studies unit. Also, the rich language and strong verbs make this a great text to use when practicing imagery as a reading comprehension skill.
Writers: Wondering how to spice up your nonfiction manuscript? This is definitely a mentor text to study. From POV, to word choice, to organization, this is a mentor text jackpot!