Deep, Deep Down by Lydia Lukidis          
Deep, Deep Down
Meet the author
Lydia Lukidis
(Ages 7-11)

Robie H. Harris

Dear Reader,

SOMEWHERE has been in my mind and heart ever since my young grandchild declared "Somewhere is where I want to go. Somewhere I have never ever been before." That was his Declaration of Independence. Then he hugged me tight and skipped all by himself into our garden and down a narrow walkway. A tall gate at the end was bolted shut, so I knew he would be safe. Soon, he returned feeling relieved, but proud. 

Young children yearn for independence, which comes with conflicting feelings: excitement, joy, fear, worry, relief, and pride. These feelings weave through this story through my words and Armando Mariño's, art, which bursts with vibrant colors and a range of emotions. His paintings of the little girl in the book pull young children, older children, and adults into this story. It's everyone's story. 

Are you ready to go SOMEWHERE?  

Robie H. Harris

"The evident love between the parent and child and the encouragement the father provides may inspire children in seeking new experiences and developing self-reliance. " —Booklist

  "Sensitively portrays a parent who understands the fine balance between a child's need for independence and the need for supportive reassurance.... A lovely portrayal of the father-child bond." —Kirkus Reviews

"Mariño's stunning watercolor and ink illustrations invite readers to join the young protagonist on her new adventure, an excellent complement to Harris's lyrical text.... Brimming with respect for curiosity and independence, this is a welcome addition to most collections. —School Library Journal
Somewhere / Robie H. Harris / Candlewick Press

Price: $17.99 / ISBN: 978-1536207354 / Published: February, 2022

Ages 4-6 / Picture book