Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino

We watched The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau (1966-1976) on television every week when I was growing up, so I was pleased to discover a picture book biography of the man. The text is minimal, but it covers the highlights of Cousteau's brilliant career.

Bright colours, simple shapes and heavy line drawings give a retro feel to Yaccarino's illustrations.

Each spread has a quote from Cousteau; this was my favourite aspect of the book. "If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work."

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