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Dougal's Deep-sea Diary [Paperback]

Simon Bartram
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1 April 2005
The follow-up to Man on the Moon, featuring Bob's cousin Dougal, who shares the family trait of being unable to see what's going on behind his back. Count the hidden mermaids and mermen guiding Dougal on his search for the lost city of Atlants. Man on the Moon was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award in 2003

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840115092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840115093
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 29.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Bartram graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a First Class degree in illustration in 1990, and his art style is heavily influenced by such artists as Peter Blake, Peter Howson, Stanley Spencer and Reg Cartwright.

Simon has produced work for ES Magazine, The Independent on Sunday and Faber & Faber. His stylised drawings, which rely on exaggerated proportions, distortion and strong lighting, are proving popular with modern advertising.

His retelling of the children's classic Pinocchio was runner up for the 1999 Mother Goose Award.

Titles for Templar include a fun-packed poetry title Watch Out for Sprouts and the hugely successful Dougal's Deep-Sea Diary and Man on the Moon , winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Bob, the Man on the Moon, has also appeared in The Alien-Spotter's Handbook and in the picture book sequel Bob's Best Ever Friend.

Bob & Barry's Lunar Adventures is a new series for young readers by Simon. The first title, The Disappearing Moon, published in September 2009, and the second, A Right Royal Disaster in February 2010 and The Heartless Robots in September 2010. Clone Chaos published in April 2011.
Bob:Moon Tree Mystery is Simon's new picture book, out late 2012.

Simon lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with his wife and their young son.

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Waterstone's Books Quarterly, Claire Bain, Issue 16, 2005 Dougal's family have a common trait - they cannot see what is going on behind their backs. Dougal ventures under the ocean and keeps a diary about his search to find the lost city of Atlantis. He thinks he's alone but he can't see the mermaids and mermen all around him who guide him safely to the underwater city. Eastern Daily Press, 17 May 2005 Dougal has a very boring job but very interesting hobby - deep-sea diving - and some exciting and unusual things happen when he goes on holiday. I particularily like the way the story is written in diary form along with the dya and the time that events happen, which makes the whole text interesting and gives the opportunity for jokes, such as "9.32 set sail. Hope we don't sink. 9.33 not sunk yet!" The illustrations are even more imaginative than the text, and so full of detailed pictures, using fantastically vibrant colours, which make the whole book come alive. I knew this was going t be something special just by looking at the cover and I wasn't disappointed. Nicola Bevan, Junior Education, July 2005 Dougals' Deep-Sea Diary by Simon Bartram takes us to a world where mythical characters greet us like old friends. Although Dougal seems sad on his commuter train, below the waves he soon rediscovers his smile. But will our hero ever notice the teasing mermaid or the ghostly pirate? This book is as colourful and surprising as a coral reef, and children will want to explore it again and again. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Illustrator Simon Bartram is one of the most talented young illustrators working today. He has won several awards for his illustrations including the V&A Award for illustration Simon is available for events in shops and libraries

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute smasher of a picture book 24 April 2007
This is a great book and one which lasts and lasts. Currently, it spans all three of my children (that's 2-7) because the story itself is fairly simple and yet there's lots of extra depth in it that keeps it at the top of an older child's favourite list too. The essence of the story is simple - Dougal dives down deep in a wonderful submarine and finds Atlantis, a magnificent busy city of the merpeople. Every page is bursting with fantastic colourful and exuberant illustration. There's plenty to spot: mermaids, sharks, submarines and over 100 different kinds of fish as well as hints of the Man in the Moon (another cracker by the same author) with a couple of aliens, and the tiniest rocket in the sky. There's a droll humour throughout, much of which is based upon Dougal's oblivious nature - he thinks the sharks are lurking as they want his salad, and doesn't see anything interesting as he dives between underwater dinosaurs. The way the story is written is more advanced than Man in the moon - however, my two year old doesn't seem to mind at all that some of the text is structured 9 a.m. did this, noon did that etc. and my eldest rather likes following the time frame through the week. So if you're after a fun and imaginative book to inspire your children, you'll be well pleased. I just hope Bob (Man on the Moon) and Dougal come from a large family -can the next cousin be a Polar explorer please?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great but missing somethng 9 Feb 2006
Having enjoyed The Man on The Moon and having read it many times to my little boy I eagerly anticipated the new story. Again wonderful pictures with so much to look at and hidden incluidng an in-joke from the previous book about aliens. However the pictorial storeytlling is better than the write as sometimes the tex seemed clunky to read out. Still recommend the book though as my 5 year old and his friends find it amusing and it provides plentiful opportunities to discuss and explore different landscapes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 28 Jun 2005
By A Customer
My son is a big fan of Simon Bartram's man on the moon so when we saw Dougal we were really excited. Dougal goes on a diving holiday but finds rather more than he expected. The illustrations are amazing there are fish, crabs, sharks, dolphins, shipwrecks and even a city under the sea! There are so many things to spot in the pictures like the mermaid following Dougal on his adventures and the ghost who follows him from the shipwreck. Dougal like Bob his cousin often doesn't see things that are staring him the face and that adds to his charm. The big question is will Dougal go home or stay under the sea forever. Read and find out because this really is superb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Every time we go to read this book, there's a chorus (complete with imaginary echo), that goes: 'Douugalll the Deeeeeep-sea Diverrrrrrrrr!' This book has the 'Yeahhh' factor for our children aged 6,5 and 2. The illustrations are wonderful, we love the story, and wish that there were more to come. Simon, we're begging you for a series featuring this wonderfully quirky, convention-defying, inspiring individual! We want to know what happened Dougal after he was persuaded to stay with the Merpeople? What other adventures followed? Did he fall for the mermaid who seemed to follow him through just about every page of the book? Was the sand really more golden, the sea bluer, and the fish more plentiful in the underwater world of Atlantis?
It's ten out of ten for Dougal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Make sure you get a CD with your book. It's great for children to hear the story told by the author.As described, would recommend seller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! 3 April 2007
By Giddy
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Both my daughter and I love this book. The illustrations are fantastic, beautiful affairs that give you loads of detail to look at and there is plenty in the diary style text to keep her interested. If you get this one consider 'Man on the Moon' too; it's great and there are a couple of subtle tie ins that make them work well together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book for Childern 10 Jun 2014
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My son like the book but it is too short in my opinion.

However, the plot is very nice for young childern
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