Ocean : A Photicular Book, Hardback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


In its extraordinary debut, Safari, introduced the world to Photicular technology.

The cheetah bounded, the African elephant flapped its ears and readers could not believe their eyes.

Now the creators of Safari take their work a step further.

Ocean offers not only a refinement of inventor Dan Kainen's Photicular technology, but a subject undulating creatures of the deep perfectly suited to the immersive visual pleasure of the process.

Ocean is like being on a dive. Open the book, and the reader is swept into the magic of an underwater world, face-to-face with a floating Yellow-Banded Sweetlips; with a glow-in-the-dark Deep-Sea Anglerfish; with a Sea Horse swaying in balletic motion; with a Sand Tiger Shark gliding along the ocean floor, its gaze haunting, its hook-toothed mouth gulping open and closed.

The text by Carol Kaufmann enchants with its descriptions of coral reefs; a journey on Alvin, the 17-ton submersible; and a meditation on our oceans.

Then, for each creature, she writes a lively and informative essay, along with vital statistics size, habitat, range, diet, and more. The Photicular process uses an innovative lenticular technology, sliding lenses, and original four-colour video imagery.

The result is like a movie in your hands the dance of life in a book.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 12 pages, 8 photocular images
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Marine biology
  • ISBN: 9780761180517



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Ocean is a visually stimulating book that was created with Photicular technology or more commonly known as “moving pictures”. I really enjoyed reading this book for two main reasons. First, I loved the moving pictures, by moving the page ever so lightly the pictures would start to move and it would look like the sea creatures were swimming directly next to you. The sea horse would sway, and the octopus would pulse its tentacles. Second I loved the layout of each page. Each page related to one sea creature, along with the moving pictures there would be informational facts such as; size, habitat, range, diet, life span, and threats. The information provided wasn’t too in-depth so it would be perfect for any reader. The central message of the book was to inform the reader all about deep sea creatures. I believe Dan Kainen did a great job of doing that

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Lenticular pictures that move when you open the page. Works very well for the way fish undulate. 

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