The Specific Ocean

In this gently told picture book, a young girl is unhappy about having to leave the city for a family vacation on the Pacific Ocean (which she used to call the Specific Ocean). As the days pass, however, she is drawn to spend more time in and near the water, feeling moved by its beauty and rhythms. By the end of the vacation, the girl has grown to love the ocean and now feels reluctant to leave it behind. But as she soon realizes, it doesn’t ever have to leave her.

The Octopus Scientists

With three hearts and blue blood, its gelatinous body unconstrained by jointed limbs or gravity, the octopus seems to be an alien, an inhabitant of another world. It’s baggy, boneless body sprouts eight arms covered with thousands of suckers—suckers that can taste as well as feel. The octopus also has the powers of a superhero: it can shape-shift, change color, squirt ink, pour itself through the tiniest of openings, or jet away through the sea faster than a swimmer can follow.

Liberator

Col Porpentine has come a long way from begin the pampered future leader of Worldshaker.  Just a few short months ago he helped Riff free the Filthies from generations of servitude, and created a new balance on the massive juggernaut, newly christened Liberator.  Now the Filthies command Liberator, and many Swanks, former members of the upper class, have remained to teach them how to operate the juggernaut , and to build a new society together.  But all is not peaceful on Liberator.  A rising anti-Swank sentiment among the more fanatical Filthy factions grows increasingly violent and dangerous.  And an anti-Filthy saboteur is loose aboard the ship.  Even the one thing Col thought he could always depend upon–his friendship with Riff– is beginning to crumble.  As tensions run high and the coal supply runs low, Liberator is on the verge of a crisis.  Col and Riff are faced with their most challenging task yet: unifying a divided people…before it’s too late.

Richard Harland returns to the world of Worldshaker withe a heart-stopping sequel that will take readers on a ride to places they’ve never imagined.

Birthday Suit

birthdayJohnny loves nothing better than splashing in the ocean waves—naked. But Mom says now that he’s four he’s too old to run around without clothes on. She even buys him a pair of overalls with genuine 100 percent child-proof snap fasteners! But they’re no match for Johnny as he wriggles out of them. Johnny’s father explains that big boys wear clothes. Doesn’t he want to be big like Dad? As Johnny gazes up, he decides that wearing clothes may be a small price to pay to reach such heights. Everyone is happy as Johnny practices putting on his clothes. And now when he runs into the ocean, he makes sure to take his red swimsuit—but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll always wear it! Imbued with the lilt of the Caribbean and featuring illustrations that capture the warmth and humor of the text, this charming picture book is sure to amuse young children—naked or not!

The Best Restaurant in the World

The next time you go to the beach, look out at the horizon, and you just might see the Super Sailing Sea Restaurant bobbing along. Climb aboard and Chef Peppi will treat you to cotton-candy clouds, introduce you to the flying Spotted Sea Singers, and much more. Maritime magic and scrumptious treats waft on every tropical breeze in this delicious, ice-cream-colored adventure.