Kai Reads: Oceanology (2009), by Dugald Steer and Emily Hawkins
The Ology books, as I said about Danny Phantom a while back, are something my brothers and I were the right age to experience the beginnings of, but that we unintentionally drifted away from as time went on. This had nothing to do with the quality of the books or our appreciation for them, both of which have remained, to my experience, consistently high in the decade since Dragonology was published. (Oh dear Kokopelli, has it been that long?) It was simply that other matters like AP Classes and college admissions occupied my attention.
However, I hold very fond memories of the series, and therefore, given my interest in the oceans and underwater exploration, decided to buy Oceanology when I saw it on sale at the New England Aquarium a few weekends ago. And, even though I’d like it better without the giant squid on the cover, I’m glad to have the book in my collection. It’s a fun read with a lot of detailed information about oceanography, beautiful illustrations, and a fascinating story.
In addition to the standard “imparting information on the subject while telling the story of the author’s adventures” scheme, Oceanology also has the extra narrative wrinkle of supposedly being the “true story” on which the classic early science fiction novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was based.
(And since I can’t really review this book without spoiling that one, this seems like a good place for the “Read More” cut…)