Oona and the Shark (Oona #2)

by Kelly Dipucchio (Author) Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator)

Oona and the Shark (Oona #2)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Oona

The big sea's littlest mischief-maker, Oona, is back in another delightful tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner 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.

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Kirkus Reviews

A welcome addition to the vast sea of friendship books for children.

School Library Journal

In this sequel to Oona, Oona is an enthusiastic mermaid who makes friends easily with other mermaids and sea animals, including otters, pelicans, seahorses, and hermit crabs. She gets along with everyone except introverted Stanley, a large gray hammerhead shark who enjoys playing quietly with his seashell collection and avoids loud, energetic Oona whenever possible. Although the Black, naturally curly-haired mermaid does her best to befriend the large creature, she is continually disappointed that her attempts only push him further away. Disappointed, she swims to the ocean floor, where the silence lets her reflect on the possible reasons for Stanley's unfriendliness. Oona is an inveterate inventor, and she thoughtfully creates a machine that intrigues the standoffish shark until the two of them discover a blossoming friendship, based on calm and quiet companionship. Intriguing illustrations filled with underwater details, colors, and effects such as filtered sunlight reveal the flora and fauna of Oona's ocean. VERDICT In an SEL lesson for all ages, Oona learns that fun can be loud, filled with "hopping and chopping and popping," but it can also be quiet camaraderie with individuals happily sharing time together.—Maryann H. Owen

Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Kelly Dipucchio
Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning author of several children's books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Grace for President, and The Sandwich Swap, a book co-authored for Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan. Kelly has been a featured author/speaker at numerous schools, public libraries, universities, and conferences such as: the International Reading Association, Michigan Reading Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. You can visit her online at www.kellydipucchio.com.

Claire Keane is the author-illustrator of Little Big Girl and Once Upon a Cloud and is also known for her development art for the movies Tangled and Frozen. She studied at École Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques in Paris and now lives in Venice Beach, California with her kids. Visit her at claireonacloud.com.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2022
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 12/01/21

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