Dance, Dolphin, Dance

A California Ocean Adventure

By Patricia MacCarthy

Follow Dolphin on a fast-paced adventure that nearly lands him in the jaws of a shark!

Out in the ocean, deep down in the kelp forest, Dolphin dances with sea lions. But suddenly he meets a Great White Shark… and then a Killer Whale… Dance, Dolphin, dance for your life! A dramatic underwater chase, set in the Pacific Ocean, with 36 sea creatures and birds to spot, from the Red Octopus and Blue Cannonball Jellyfish to the Crowned Squirrelfish and the Sea Otter. See if you can find them all!




Age 3+

Feb 7, 2019





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"MacCarthy's text is delightfully alliterative and onomatopoeic. Her swirling paintings modulate in palette to suit the mood. An exciting marine adventure just right for reading aloud."

Kirkus Reviews


"An utterly beautiful undersea adventure highlighting the importance of our oceans and the rich diversity of life that call the seas their home."

Read it, Daddy!


"Patricia MacCarthy's poetic text is full of action and excitement, and her illustrations are amazing. After an initial reading to savour those illustrations and another to search them for the 36 sea creatures and birds, shown in the final spread, this book, which blurs the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction, offers a superb dance/drama opportunity for a class or group."

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Patricia MacCarthy

Author and Illustrator

Patricia MacCarthy is an award-winning illustrator. Her picture book Moon Forest, published by Frances Lincoln, was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for 2014. She collaborated extensively with the late, highly acclaimed New Zealand author, Margaret Mahy and was awarded the New York Times ‘Best Illustrated Book of the Year’ for 17 Kings and 42 Elephants. Patricia lives and works by the sea in rolling Sussex downland near Brighton.


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