Put on your 3D goggles and join Ludwig The Sea Dog in a magical adventure which takes him out of his own book and into a watery world!
The Story: Ludwig wants to help his friend, Peter the Penguin, who is having problems with his submarine but Ludwig lives in a world of books and has never been in real water. After several attempts at getting wet he meets a Fairy Queen and her magic enables him to swim safely to Peter. But Peter’s submarine is heavy and difficult for Ludwig to lift on his own…
We love the fact that Ludwig is a book character and that his adventure leads him to visit different kinds of books in his attempt to find a way to rescue Peter. Friendship is an important theme in this story and Ludwig is joined by other book characters including a pig, a sheep, a mouse and Sophie, a hippo who grew up in a circus book. Ludwig’s enthusiasm for swimming and his attempts to find a way to rescue Peter are often met by pessimism from his friends but when he really needs them they prove their loyalty.
Ludwig’s adventure takes on an almost comic book format, there is very little text and the dialogue is shown in speech bubbles. It’s a lovely picture book for children who are learning to read as they can be encouraged to read the text of a particular character or choose a speech bubble that they feel confident about reading.
Henning Löhlein’s 3D illustrations are awesome and bring the story to life. You really feel like you are swimming in the underwater scenes and the illustration where Peter’s friends rescue him from a glass of water is brilliant! The page turn in the fairytale book is amazing and we love the final illustration, Peter’s submarine looks fantastic! Ludwig is a kind and caring character and his actions add humour to the story. The pull out underwater scene not only includes real fish but also the sausage fish from Ludwig’s dreams as well as a fish shaped like a bone!
Ludwig The Sea Dog is a fun adventure which pulls a character out of his comfort zone in order to help a friend. We’re looking forward to seeing where Ludwig’s next adventure will take him. Are there clues in the final illustration we wonder?
Age Range: 3 +
Author / Illustrator: Henning Lohlein
Thank you to Templar Books for sending Ludwig The Sea Dog. It was a bit mad swapping goggles as we read!