Oona and the Shark
The big sea’s littlest mischief-maker, Oona, is back in another delightful tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Raissa Figueroa.
Oona loves to share her inventions with her friends. They’re big and bold and LOUD—just like her! But there’s one underwater creature who doesn’t seem to enjoy Oona’s company, or her creations.
Stanley the shark! He doesn’t care for her squeaky unicorn. And he’s far too busy for the Sea Horse Carousel. And oh GOODNESS! Oona’s latest hopping, chopping, and popping inventions just make him angry.
Oona may not know what Stanley likes, but she does know what he doesn’t. And maybe that’s a good place to start. Because mermaids never stop trying…not when there’s a friend out there to make.
Kelly DiPucchio is the New York Times bestselling author of many beloved books for children, including Grace for President, Dragon Was Terrible, and Oona, illustrated by Raissa Figueroa. As a little girl Kelly wanted a pet otter but settled for a pet goat instead. When she’s not writing, Kelly loves to search for treasure and mermaids in Michigan’s Great Lakes.
Raissa Figueroa loves walking the beaches in search of tiny treasures of her own. She lives and works in sunny San Diego, CA. She’s the illustrator for several children’s books, including Oona, written by Kelly DiPucchio.
“DiPucchio returns here with ebullient Oona…heavy on the charm. Extroverts will see themselves in Oona’s quick ability to chat up just about anyone she meets, introverts will appreciate the tender portrayal of Stanley’s need for solitude, and aspiring inventors will be delighted by Oona’s various contraptions.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"Oona’s missteps and eventual success will inspire children to be more observant and tolerant of personalities that are different from their own. A welcome addition to the vast sea of friendship books for children. - Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Oona: “This title celebrates independence, self-confidence, and bravery to try the new even after defeat as Oona becomes aware of the true treasure in her personal effort. - School Library Journal (starred review)
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