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Sea Creatures from the Sky


A touching, beautifully illustrated story of a misunderstood shark, and its quest to understand the world both above and below the sea.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the website will be SIGNED by Ricardo Cortés.

$16.95 $12.71

What people are saying…

“Sumptuous paintings and an engaging conceit make this a terrific read-aloud choice.”
Wall Street Journal

“One can applaud Cortes for inviting us to learn about sharks . . . children will enter and emerge from this book with a new understanding of humans’ interest in sharks and ocean life.”
New York Journal of Books

“A stunningly illustrated story of a shark who has a frightening encounter with ‘sea creatures’ who come from above.”
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

“Cortés’ premise has child appeal and even some STEM utility, and his lovely illustrations invite contemplation of the teeming worlds above and beneath the sea . . . The depictions of the curve of the Earth in space and of the sky—cloudy or starry, always vast—are lush . . . Enjoy this tale’s accomplished visuals and percussive rhymes.”
Kirkus Reviews

“The phenomenal artwork is what truly makes this book special. The landscapes of the sea, the sky, and outer space are breathtaking. Cortés’s different blending and thinning of the colors create a world of beauty. This fascinating tale of perspective and point of view makes a fine addition for most collections.”
School Library Journal

“A beautifully rhymed and painted book that is almost philosophically asking about the being and existence of otherness. Proved and tested with my two-year-old, who became very tranquil and curious looking at the beautiful seascape.”
The Manolist

“[A] memorable and beautifully illustrated children’s picture book . . . Ricardo Cortés’s stunning seascapes follow the adventures of a shark that has a story to share about creatures who live above the ocean . . . Filled with humor and warmth, Sea Creatures from the Sky will charm and entertain children.”
Midwest Book Review

“The story moves in a poetic ebb and flow of an ocean current, and is well balanced by the very colorful illustrations.”
Inspire the Muse

“Stunning illustrations immerse us into understanding the shark’s perspective. A valuable concept that can change how we think of any fellow earth dwelling creature be it on earth or in the sea.”
The Book Ninja

“This is a gorgeously illustrated view of the world by a shark.”
The Cyberlibrarian

“A beautifully illustrated book that is a magical and compelling read!”

“Enchanting. You feel like you’re in the water swimming with the other fish . . . The images are worth the price of the book.”
Journey of a Bookseller

“I loved everything about this story. The art is just beautiful . . . It’s a look at preservation and oceanography from a different point of view, and makes a realistic-looking shark less threatening, even likable. Kids will appreciate the misunderstood predator; how many times have kids been called out for exaggerating a recollection that is absolutely true from their point of view? . . . This one is a must-add to storytimes and books where sharks and undersea life are popular.”
Mom Read It

“The story . . . challenges readers of all ages to honor the voices of others and their lived experiences . . . The cadence of its rhyming and its luminous illustrations of ocean depths, as well as an expansive sky-to-universe stretching palette, will render a child’s wonderment for learning about a world that is brand-new.”
What’s the 411

“This is a lovely, gently philosophical book that reads like an aquatic Twilight Zone episode . . . An engaging and beautifully illustrated tale.”
—The Fan Brothers, authors/illustrators of The Night Gardener

“What must a shark make of the scientists who study her? I won’t be able to look at the animals I tag quite the same way ever again.”
—Dr. Alistair Dove, marine biologist, Georgia Aquarium


Interest level: 2–5 | Grade level: 3 | Lexile Level: 480 | Guided Reading Level/F&P: N

*While supplies last, books ordered through the website will be SIGNED by Ricardo Cortés.

A shark, swimming the seas, encounters . . . Aliens.

Will anyone believe it is true?

Sea Creatures from the Sky is a gorgeously illustrated children’s picture book from the New York Times best-selling illustrator of Seriously, Just Go to Sleep. Cortés’s stunning seascapes follow the adventures of a shark that has a story to share about creatures who live above the ocean. Our shark encounters strange-looking creatures who resemble nice, caring marine biologists. But after they release it back into the ocean, the shark cannot find one friend to believe its tale. Filled with humor and warmth, Sea Creatures from the Sky will charm children and parents alike.

The children’s book Instagram The Reading Ninja celebrated Shark Week this year by spotlighting Sea Creatures from the Sky in a photo gallery post.

Listen to interviews with Ricardo Cortés on the Intercepted podcast and at Inspire the Muse.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Published: 4/3/18
  • IBSN: 9781617756160
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756436


RICARDO CORTÉS is the #1 New York Times best-selling illustrator of Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, and Party: A Mystery, by the acclaimed author Jamaica Kincaid. Cortés has written and illustrated books including Sea Creatures from the Sky and A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, and on CNN, Fox News, and the Late Show with David Letterman. You can see his work at Rmcortes.com, or on Twitter and Instagram at @Rmcortes. His latest work is the updated edition of It’s Just a Plant.

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