The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

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written by Michelle Cuevas

illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Dial Books for Young Readers

August 23, 2016

A message in a bottle holds the promise of surprise and wonder, as told in this enthralling picture book by Caldecott Medalist Erin E. Stead
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, who lives alone atop a hill, has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottles found at sea and make sure that the messages are delivered. He loves his job, though he has always wished that, someday, one of the letters would be addressed to him. One day he opens a party invitation—but there’s no name attached. As he devotes himself to the mystery of the intended recipient, he ends up finding something even more special: the possibility of new friends.

wheel “Cuevas’ prose is laden with gems . . . Erin E. Stead’s tender illustrations match the spare, moody story.” —New York Times Book Review

wheel “The underlying message about learning to see the worth of every person is a treasure.” — PW, starred review

wheel “Readers will find both consolation and encouragement on every visit to this emotionally resonant, evocative story.” —Kirkus, starred review

wheel “A perfect pairing of text and art. Share this quiet story with your wishers and dreamers.” –School Library Journal, starred review

wheel “Caldecott Award winner Stead’s drawings are a softly penciled, perfect fit to Cuevas’ tale.” —Booklist

wheel ” . . . the power and importance of communication and connection reverberate throughout the quiet, poignant tale.” —Horn Book

wheel Best Book of the Month

wheel “Top Ten” #2 on the Autumn 2016 Kids’ Indie Next List

wheel #1 New Release

wheel Erin Stead “has her own brand [of sweet melancholy].” –Fuse #8, blog, “The Best Picture Books of 2016 Thus Far”

wheel Indie Bestseller

wheel New England Independent Booksellers Association Bestseller

wheel Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Bestseller

wheel Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Bestseller

wheel Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Bestseller

wheel Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association Bestseller

wheel TIME featured The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles as on of the Top 10 YA and Children’s Books of 2016

wheel School Library Journal Best Book of 2016

wheel The Boston Globe Best Book of 2016

wheel The Raleigh News & Observer Best Children’s Book of 2016

wheel Brightly included The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles in its holiday gift guide

wheel “Erin Stead’s illustrations are as softly scuffed as sea glass and so suffused with wistfulness that readers ages 4-8 may feel pensive before they’ve embarked on the story. Michelle Cuevas has reworked a historical curiosity–an official job, in Elizabethan England, of opening bottles that might contain naval secrets–into a contemporary tale of longing and consolation.” —Wall Street Journal

wheel “Stead paints [The Uncorker’s] body language with beguiling precision . . . Cuevas writes with a gentle pace and vivid, evocative language. . . . This sweet-tempered story of kindness (if the entire world operates as these townsfolk do, it’d be a much better place) is as quiet and unassuming as its protagonist. Don’t let it slip by you.” —BookPage

wheel “A beautiful and elegant piece of storytelling.”–New York Journal of Books

wheel People Magazine Best Children’s Book of 2016