Stephano the Squid: Hero of the Deep
Wendy Meddour and Duncan Beedie
Life for Stefano squid is far from easy. Why is it that the unique characteristics of a squid go unappreciated? That is what Stefano ponders upon.
His fellow deep sea creatures offer reasons relating to his lack of colours, being unbat-like and not being shaped like a hammer …
while the dolphins suggest he should endeavour to look more intelligent; the sea dragon favours looking more leafy and the sea cucumber’s suggestion is to look more vegetable-like.
All the while Stefano is at pains to point out that being a squid makes their suggestions impossible, and when the anglerfish asks about his weaponry, all the squid can do is to go and hide himself away in a cave.
There he receives some words of comfort from the Sea Cucumber but they are immediately negated by the comments of the limpets.
However, when Sea Cucumber points out one of the diving crew is in trouble, it’s down to Stefano to come to his aid; small and insignificant as he considers himself to be, he just can’t swim away and do nothing.
Rescue mission achieved, or rather, the little cephalopod and his pal get the surprise of their lives – make that two surprises -when the identity of the rescued diver is revealed; but the second one comes the following day and to discover what that is, you’ll need to get your fins on a copy of this thoroughly immersive book.
Wendy’s telling is great fun but at the same time reminds us of the importance of self-worth and self-belief. Duncan’s terrific undersea scenes are splendidly expressive and comical, and I love his marine colour palette.
There are talking points aplenty once you’ve shared this super splashy story.