Field Trip to the Ocean Deep (Field Trip Adventures) (Paperback)

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Come join the fun as students take a submarine bus on a field trip to explore the ocean deep, in this wordless picture book from the creator of Field Trip to the Moon!

Students dressed in deep sea helmets travel to the ocean deep in a yellow school-bus submarine. When they get there, they frolic with fish, chase luminescent squid, and discover an old shipwreck.

But when it's time to return to the submarine bus, one student lingers to take a photo of a treasure chest and falls into a deep ravine. Luckily, the child makes an unexpected friend-- a maybe-not-so-extinct sea creature called a Pleiosaur- that's happy to entertain the young explorer until the teacher returns.

In his follow-up to Field Trip to the Moon, John Hare's rich, atmospheric art in this wordless picture book invites all children to imagine themselves in the story- a tale full of mysteries, surprises, and adorable aquatic friends.
Named a LITA Golden Duck Picture Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection

About the Author

John Hare is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. His first book for children, Field Trip to the Moon, was a Golden Duck Notable Picture Book and an ALA Notable Picture Book.  Its companion books are Field Trip to the Ocean Deep, also a Golden Duck Notable Picture Book, and Field Trip to Volcano Island, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.  John lives in Gladstone, Missouri with his wife and two children. You can visit him at

Praise For…

★ "sure to set little engineers’ minds ablaze with creativity. . . . This book is a gateway to a sublime submarine journey for all, an imaginative must-have for every collection."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

"A quick but adventuresome paddle into a mysterious realm."Kirkus Reviews

"The cast of this wordless picture book is as rounded and friendly as a Playmobil adventure set, and with simple backdrops that can easily inspire paper and crayon crafts, group play and storytelling are natural offshoot activities."Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Hare's follow-up to Field Trip to the Moon again features a compelling setting, a not-too-scary adventure, and immersive illustrations. . . . The appealing acrylic illustrations are painterly and impressively atmospheric, and exhibit a strong command of spot lighting; fans of the previous field-trip story will be pleased to see allusions to it, including character cameos and a glimpse of the space bus."—The Horn Book

Praise for Field Trip to the Moon

"A close encounter of the best kind."—Kirkus Reviews

★ "[The] sly but easy-to-follow linear narrative is told through a well-paced mix of panels (circular, horizontal, and vertical), full-pages, and double-page spreads, with pops of color (the yellow of the school bus–like space-ship, the color-filled crayon box) that are highly effective. The moon creatures, despite their minimalist features, are very expressive, as is the child—whose face remains hidden behind a space-mask until the last page."—The Horn Book, Starred Review 

★ "Hare’s picture book debut is a winner. . . . His gray yet surprisingly detailed moonscape is both the setting and a character in its own right; his depiction of the aliens as gray humanoids amazed by color is genius. A beautifully done wordless story about a field trip to the moon with a sweet and funny alien encounter; what’s not to like?" —School Library Journal, Starred Review

"A perfectly paced paean to imagination, Hare’s auspicious debut presents a world where a yellow crayon box shines like a beacon."Booklist

"A clever and noteworthy tale of lunar adventure."Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780823451234
ISBN-10: 0823451232
Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books
Publication Date: January 18th, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English
Series: Field Trip Adventures