Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-28 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss. " said.

" Very informative and entertaining book about the submerisble, Alvin, written in a way that feels like the reader is along for the ride to the bottom of the ocean. " said.

" Fascinating. A side of the ocean we rarely get to see/read about. " said.

"Kids (and grownups) have always been fascinated by what lies deep beneath the surface of the ocean. This fascinating nonfiction book takes readers onboard ALVIN, a deep-sea submersible craft. The book discusses the details of diving, the dangers the pilot of the submersible might encounter, how the scientists on board collect specimens for study, and many other interesting topics. Years ago, I took a ride on a submarine in Grand Cayman (Atlantis) and loved looking at the underwater life so far down below the surface. This book is has a nice bibliography and list of resources, including websites, at the back. This is a terrific nonfiction resource to have on the shelf." said.

"Flying Deep is an interesting book about what it’s like to be in a deep sea submersible. It focuses on the pilot and the trip to the sea floor. There are a few pages of illustrations with animals found in the deep sea - large sized clams, a dumbo octopus, tube worms...

The kids were a bit worried about the lives of “specimens” caught, so we read the back matter. (The back matter talks about fish that explode at the surface, so, not likely that the specimens survived.)

The kids liked the back matter, especially the part about the PB4UGO sign.

The kids also thought the illustrations of the dumbo octopus were adorable.

They voted to give this story 5 stars. Great book for kids who like to read about science, the sea & things that go (transportation).

The book seems more aimed towards older children (elementary school students or older preschoolers).

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"Michelle Cusolito’s book, Flying Deep had my Son, Kaden hooked at first glance. It's an engaging book that allows children to experience a day in the life in the driver's seat of the deep-sea submersible ALVIN. While exploring and collecting data and samples along with scientists this is one exciting journey. While you voyage down deep to the floor of the ocean you get to see what a real life day would look like. All the ins and outs... like seeing crazy critters like the ghost crab or cottony fields of bacteria. And a few not so cool things like not having a bathroom, a few unforeseen dangers and maybe the occasional stomach flutter.
What I really found interesting is the way the narration puts you inside the journey to learn about life in the crazy deep ocean. Kaden loved learning about the different critters and whats hiding down there, just waiting to be discovered. Having the Glossary and additional info in the back of the book was very helpful. We homeschool and were able to use this book along with our Oceanography Unit Study we were working on last week.
I received an ARC to read and give my honest review.
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"You Are There

Here's what this book does really well -- in clear prose it tells you and shows you what it would be like to pilot the deep-sea submersible "Alvin", and it does that in a style that is consistently suitable for its target reader demo.

There are no cutesy asides or Dummies-style jokes. There are no cutaways or digressions aimed more at graduate level engineers. Rather, from the first release of Alvin, during the descent, while exploring the bottom, and upon return, the reader gets to see and hear and feel how it all works. It's mostly a day-in-the-life sort of book, with asides about ocean life. The effect is very much in the "you are there" tradition, but aimed at a younger crowd. I imagine the idea is to provide some basic understanding, but also to fire up a young reader's imagination and interest. This approach is complemented by a glossary of terms and an ocean bestiary of sorts at the end of the book, along with suggestions, including internet sites, for further reading and exploring. That all struck me as a balanced and well thought out package.

The drawings must have presented quite a challenge. On the one hand you want Alvin and the various sea creatures to be detailed and crisp and the ocean scenes to be convincing, but on the other hand this is a picture book for younger readers and the illustrator is working in pencils and colors on a murky underwater subject. As you can see from the cover, which gives you a good idea of the book's content, Wong seems to have gotten the balance right, getting both detail and mood into the pictures.

The upshot is that by focusing on one day and one dive, and by making you the reader the pilot, the author both informs and engages the reader, which is a substantial achievement for a nonfiction picture book. This was a nice find.

(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
" said.

" What an exciting, informative book! Such a fantastic intro to a mysterious, deep sea world - provides an adventure and a peek into scientist lives with appealing language and lovely illustrations " said.

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