By Peter van den Ende
“A gorgeous, wordless odyssey from one side of the world to another.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Danger, magic, surprise and awe abound in this masterly, wordless debut.”—The New York Times
As with Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, it gives us collective goosebumps to introduce the singular talent and imagination of Peter Van den Ende to North America. Without a word, and with Escher-like precision, Van den Ende presents one little paper boat’s journey across the ocean, past reefs and between icebergs, through schools of fish, swaying water plants, and terrifying sea monsters.
The little boat is all alone, and while its aloneness gives it the chance to wonder at the fairy-tale world above and below the waves uninterrupted, that also means it must save itself when storms approach. And so it does. We hope that readers young and old will find the strength and inspiration that we did in this quietly powerful story about growing, learning, and life’s ups and downs.
Age range: 8-14
Levine Querido, 2020
9.4 x 0.7 x 12.35 inches
Children's Book, Illustration