The Sign of the Seahorse: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts

The Sign of the Seahorse: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts

by Graeme Base


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Romance, mystery and intrigue revolve around the Seahorse Cafe, where the beautiful Pearl Trout falls in love with Corporal Bert the Soldiercrab. But Reeftown is in danger, and soon Pearl, Bert, and Pearl's brother Finneus must journey through the ocean depths to find the source of the deadly poison that is destroying the coral reef. Graeme Base's witty rhymes [and] dynamic, radiantly colored illustrations.should keep both reader and audience immensely entertained (Publishers Weekly). Base will surely delight his many fans with this latest high-color, high-action, high-density composition.[with] a high-minded ecological message. -- School Library Journal Graeme Base is the author and illustrator of the international bestsellers Animalia and The Eleventh Hour. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810981546
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/1998
Pages: 44
Product dimensions: 11.01(w) x 12.33(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Graeme Base is one of the world’s leading creators of picture books. Animalia received international acclaim when it was first published in 1986, and it has achieved classic status with worldwide sales of more than two million copies. Base’s most recent picture book, The Water Hole, an ingenious fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook and artbook, has been published in Australia, the USA, Canada, Italy, France, Denmark and the UK. Base lives in Melbourne with his artist wife Robyn and their three children.

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The Sign of the Seahorse: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my three daughters (ages 4,6, and 8) and they were captivated by it. Later, the oldest one read it to the younger two. We enjoyed the book very much. We are Graham Base fans in our family.
D.Holliman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember when I was read this book in elementary school and how dazzled I was by the picture and how the fish were made to look like humans. I loved how it was a throw back film noir/ greaser type story. I enjoyed sharing this story with my Title I students who also enjoyed the pictures. They noticed that one of the gangster fish was smoking a cigarette and it occurred to me that it for my students it was more of a big deal than when I was a kid. Because the anti-smoking campaign has gotten so strong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I bought of Graeme Base's. The artwork is absolutely incredible and the story is quite clever. I bought this book for myself, but when my granddaughter was around 3, I started reading it to her. She didn't understand the story, but she enjoyed the pictures. Since about age 5, she not ony loves the pictures, but she also loves the story. Early on, she looked at one of the lobsters in the background of one of the pictures and said it was an "Alcadyne" -- to this day she finds thata character and calls it an Alcadyne. I have read this book many times by myself and have studied the pictures in detail. I absolutely love this book and find it fascinating. Starting with this book, I now own seven of G.B.'s books and have three more on order.
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KalikaLady More than 1 year ago
Graeme Base should be a part of anyone's collection, especially if there are children in the family! The illustrations are absorbing and can be looked at for ages, and the story in this book is excellent. Perfet example of iambic pentameter for learning, and has a nice flow for speaking out loud to an audience of little ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
although the vocabulary may be slightly advanced for younger children, the stunning pictures and witty rhymes make it a fun read for all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book so much, that I bought a copy for my son's teacher, so she could read it to her students for years to come. The best way to read it is outloud while getting into character! The illustrations are beautiful and fun. There are two hermit crabs to look for in each scene, although I don't remember any special instructions clueing us in to do so.