Cover image for Down to the sea with Mr. Magee
Title:
Down to the sea with Mr. Magee
Author:
Van Dusen, Chris.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
While spending the day in their boat on the sea, Mr. Magee and his dog get caught up in wacky adventures with a playful pod of whales.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 105567.
ISBN:
9780811824996
Format :
Book

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With enough lunch for three, Mr. Magee and his dog Dee head out to the sea. But what begins as a fun day in the sun turns a bit bumpy when onel playful whale decides to say hello. Soon the crew that once was floating finds themselves flying! How will they get down? Who will come to their rescue? And when will they ever get to eat lunch? Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee is a great read-aloud, sure to provide fits of giggles.


Author Notes

Chris Van Dusen is an American author and illustrator of children's books. He was born on St. Patrick's Day, 1960, in Portland Maine. After high school, he studied fine art at The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He graduated with a BFA in 1982.

Van Dusen spent more than ten years as a freelance illustrator and his work appeared in magazines like Nickelodeon, Family Fun and Disney Adventures. He published his first book, Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, in 2000. In addition to his own work, he has also illustrated numerous books by other authors, including Kat DiCamillo's Mercy Watson series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-9. Mr. Magee and his little dog, Dee, love spending time in their boat on the sea. So right after breakfast one early morning, off they sail with Magee at the wheel and Dee on the deck. All goes swimmingly until they encounter a rambunctious little whale who wants to play. Alas, his play becomes the shipmates' folly and in short order Magee and Dee find themselves shipwrecked--not on a desert island but high atop a nearby spruce. Oh, what a predicament! Will the sailors--and their boat--remain hopelessly stuck, 60 feet up? Well, let's just say that where there's a whale, there's a way. Van Dusen's sing-song, rhyming story makes for an agreeable read-aloud while his cheerful, candy-colored cartoon illustrations provide equal fun for the eye. --Michael Cart


Publisher's Weekly Review

A chrome kitchen table, a buttercream-yellow Studebaker and other campy 1950s accessories distinguish this ebullient picture book. At daybreak, Mr. Magee, sporting a spiffy straw boater, and his black-and-white beagle, Dee, pack a picnic basket and drive to the seaside. They hop into their red-and-silver motorboat and putter across a hyper-blue ocean, past rocky islands that suggest the Maine coastline. As they admire a pod of whales in the distance, a stray baby whale grows curious. "From under the sea the little whale spied/ Magee and Dee's boat--but not them inside./ He longed for adventure. He wanted to play./ So he bumped at the boat in a most friendly way." Van Dusen (illus. of Silas, the Bookstore Cat) radically shifts perspective from spread to spread. Readers get a bird's-eye view of the boat with the immense whale below it, a lobster's-eye view of the whale beneath the tiny boat and a breathtaking close-up of Magee and Dee, who are airborne when the whale spouts a plume of water. The narrative bounces along on merrily measured meter, which maintains a lighthearted mood as the other whales get Magee and Dee out of trouble. The story ends at nightfall, with the sailors back on dry land. Van Dusen's exacting verse and kitschy, perfectionistic gouaches make this one whale of a tale. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Mr. Magee and his dog Dee set out in their boat for a calm day on the water. While they admire a pod of whales, a stray comes up from underneath their boat and gives a big blow. The boat goes flying through the air and lands in a tree. Eventually, the whales come to their rescue and Mr. Magee and Dee return safely home after their crazy adventure. The momentum of the story is fast, and the rhyming text is sure to delight children. The gouache cartoons have a nostalgic `50s look and are bright, comical, and alive with color and detail. Each double-page spread offers a new perspective on the action. A strong debut for Van Dusen.-Hennie Vaandrager, Byron Township Library, Byron Center, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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