Newsflash: There’s a way to fall in love with seafood without actually eating it. How? Just read, At the Sea Floor Café, by Leslie Bulion.
At the Sea Floor Café is an absolutely adorable little book (lightweight, hand-sized and aqua-colored, too) that uses clever poetry to describe the most interesting…and yucky…and ghastly deep-sea creatures you ever want to read about. Bulion’s vast knowledge of marine life is definitely not hidden as she pens habits, breeding rituals, appetites, and even cruelties of the ocean’s numberless inhabitants.
At the Sea Floor Café has something for everybody, including poetry for the romantic; exemplary maternal behavior (the broody squid) for the motherly types; good oral hygiene (narwhals) for teeth brushers; and plenty of sidebars and appendices for the voracious reader. In addition, designer and Illustrator Leslie Evans tops off this watery masterpiece with colorful sketches of everything from snapping shrimp to legless bone-eating worms to crusty crustaceans.
Examine odd critters, enormous and tiny,
Sunlit reef toasty and arctic ice briny,
Jellish, delicate, venomy, spiny,
They all live in the sea.
Ahhh, an evening of seafood and poetry. Who can resist?
For a seafood feast to fill your eyes and mind (but unfortunately not your belly), be sure to read At the Sea Floor Café.
Best wishes and happy reading,
PICTURE BOOK DEPOT