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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Little Orchid's Sea Monster Trouble by Claudine Gueh Yanting is an endearing story of trust and love. Little Orchid has heard stories of monsters lurking in the waters, like the Giant Turtle, Giant Cuttlefish and the Giant Octopus. Little Orchid finds herself being transformed into a sea monster after eating a cuttlefish for dinner. Little Orchid has to leave her home and start living as a sea monster. What follows next is Little Orchid's adventures in the sea. The quote 'If you take a special one from the sea, the sea will take a special one from us' is a profound one. The book also teaches young readers the message of family love, trust, and support.
I personally love nautical themes, hence I found the story very appealing. The sea, the creatures living in the ocean, and the mystery that lurks under the water is very exciting. Children will find this book adventurous as Little Orchid will take them on an underwater trip where they come across many sea creatures. The narration is simple and the bright illustrations add color to the story. The underwater world has been explained well by the author, making children more aware of the sea and the life that lives in there.
It is a beautiful story that will encourage children to dream and explore. It is fast paced, making the book exciting reading material for kids. The author also gives subtle messages of life, death, love and trust through the story.