Lorac Paperback – October 21, 2019
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- Paperback : 225 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1700466372
- ISBN-13 : 978-1700466372
- Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.57 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Independently published (October 21, 2019)
- Language: : English
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The premise of the storyline is both creative and engaging but unfortunately, the iron-handed "message" of the book overshadowed and replaced much of the story. It felt like I was being hit over the head with an environmental two-by-four. This is not to say the message isn't valid but less would have been more for the target audience. Perhaps an afterword about what has happened to ocean due to man's negligence would have served both the story and its message more effectively.
The description of the ocean’s capital, the reef, was a continuous exercise of imagination (the animals are revealing its secrets to the reader) and an interesting source of information about marine ecology, the book is very educational - the author knows her oceans. I learned along with Lorac, our involuntary oceanographer. And here we come to the only problem, the author tries too much to push a message into the reader.
In the end, it’s a book for children, and the illustrations bring even more color into it.
The illustrations are beautiful, depicting not only actual reef species (Yeay!), but also the feelings one has when underwater. I would have loved to see more illustrations, and in color - they are currently only in black and white in the paperback version of the book, except for the book cover. However, the illustrations are available in color online as well as in the e-book version.
I have been recommending this book to my friends and so far everyone has loved it!
I am very much looking forward to seeing what Neus Figueras and Evan Piccirillo produce next.
I enjoyed the illustrations.
Lorac and his family had great chemistry. I liked the dizzy duck taunt. I wish he'd spent more time thinking of them.
I read this in my former twelve-year-old mindset, so the fate of Lorac's family thrilled me. I also liked how he learned of Zoe and what was essentially algae magic.
The Zoe and Lorac relationship was the highlight of the book. She was a great friend and literally saved him.
The author knows her oceans. I learned along with Lorac. It will lead to more oceanographer in the future.
The sharks as ocean agents! Classic.
Lorac's encounter with the scarred dolphin and San Win statue were cathartic moments.
The concept of water language.
How Zoe and Coalman came to their understanding. It was a great conclusion.
The first pages were exposition heavy.
Lorac didn't seem to mourn his family. I understand MG novels tend to gloss over trauma, but he never even considered searching for his brother. Why?
The back half felt like heavy handed finger wagging. When an author has a message, that's fine. When the target audience is kids, the finger on the scale veers toward propaganda. A shame because the conservation message is important. I feel a little more tact would have been better for me.
The back half felt rushed. Lorac went viral rather easily. A few scenes of depression would have felt more natural.
There are multiple POVs.