Cuevas, Michelle The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles Illustrated by Erin E. Stead PICTURE BOOK Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016 (Penguin). $17.99 Content: G.
A man lives all alone along the shore and watches for messages in the bottle. When he finds different messages he delivers them to those they were addressed to and always hopes that he will find a message for himself. One day he gets a message from the sea that isn’t addressed to anyone, but asks for a meeting at a certain time and place. As the man asks around to see if they would know who it belongs to, in a way the whole village is invited to a party on the shore and the man is no longer lonely anymore.
The illustrations in this book are interesting and set the tone for the lonely uncorker. They are muted in color, but the drawing are fun to look closer at. The story line is a bit predictable, but you can’t help but be happy that the uncorker is no longer lonely.
EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.