Review of Diving Deep: Using Machines to Explore the Ocean

Using Machines to Explore the OceanDiving Deep: Using Machines to Explore the Ocean
by Michelle Cusolito; illus. by Nicole Wong
Primary, Intermediate    Charlesbridge    32 pp.   g
6/22    978-1-62354-293-1    $17.99

In a follow-up to the pair’s Flying Deep (rev. 7/18), Cusolito and Wong enumerate the various ways people explore the ocean. Readers learn about the methods (e.g., snorkel, free dive, scuba) and machines (deep-sea submersibles, underwater research lab materials) humans utilize to conquer the challenges of underwater observation (these being extreme pressure and the need for breathable air). The clear expository prose of the main text is accompanied by detailed sidebars that provide extensive descriptions and facts. Double-page spreads allow Wong’s digital art to set the explorers, equipment, and sea life in various ocean habitats. Cusolito centers humanity’s sense of wonder and desire to learn more, focusing on the “diving we do to expand scientific knowledge, research, and communication.” Extensive back matter includes a helpful (though not-to-scale) spread incorporating all the diving methods and machines found throughout the book, shown in various ocean depths. A glossary, author’s note, and list of resources are also included. Curious readers will dive right in.

From the July/August 2022 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Eric Carpenter
Eric Carpenter
Eric Carpenter is the school librarian at Fred A. Toomer Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia.

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