Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat
Philip C. Stead
When Jonathan loses his best friend, a stuffed bear named Frederick, he sets sail on the Big Blue Boat to find him. Along the way he assembles a ragtag crew, including a mountain goat, a lonely circus elephant, and even a friendly whale. Adventure and intrigue (and pirates!) follow.
Philip C. Stead’s whimsical illustrations, an unusual mix of detailed collage and acrylics, his gently droll text, and a supremely satisfying conclusion make this a picture book to treasure.
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“Children will happily shift their focus from big to little, from large shapes to tiny numbers, from Jonathan’s story to the pieces that make up its pictures.”
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee) uses squiggly ink lines and washes of warm color against a background of collaged newsprint, charts, and stamps that underscore the nautical theme and distance traveled . . . . a lovely, gentle adventure for younger readers.”
Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW