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Review:

"The phrase 'Keep Calm and Carry On' encapsulates the viewpoint and placid tone of this quietly comedic adventure in which an unnamed boy and bear traverse the open sea in a rowboat and form an unlikely friendship. For British author/illustrator Shelton, it's all about the journey: neither the intended destination nor the reason for the trip is specified. The boy simply climbs into the bear's boat, asks for a ride 'Just over to the other side, please,' and off they go. Days later, they're still at it, with nothing but sea and sky in sight. The essential tension comes from the relationship between the two as they face such challenges as storms, hunger, and a sea monster, and alternate between irritation with and affection for each other. Shelton's grayscale illustrations appear throughout, along with a few well-chosen color paintings, such as scenes from an inexplicable comic book the boy reads: 'It seemed to be just one episode of a longer story.... There was no way of knowing what had gone on before or what would happen after.' Readers won't miss the parallel. Ages 8 — 12. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Born and raised in Leicester, DAVE SHELTON now lives in Cambridge. He likes comics, cricket, crosswords, and talking to cartoonists about pens. His comic strip Good Dog, Bad Dog appeared in The Guardian and in The DFC on the Fickling list in the U.K.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385752497
Publisher:
David Fickling Books
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Author:
Shelton, Dave
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
friendship;adventure
Edition Description:
Library binding
Publication Date:
20120612
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.26 x 5.27 x 0.95 in 0.97 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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Product details 304 pages David Fickling Books - English 9780385752497 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The phrase 'Keep Calm and Carry On' encapsulates the viewpoint and placid tone of this quietly comedic adventure in which an unnamed boy and bear traverse the open sea in a rowboat and form an unlikely friendship. For British author/illustrator Shelton, it's all about the journey: neither the intended destination nor the reason for the trip is specified. The boy simply climbs into the bear's boat, asks for a ride 'Just over to the other side, please,' and off they go. Days later, they're still at it, with nothing but sea and sky in sight. The essential tension comes from the relationship between the two as they face such challenges as storms, hunger, and a sea monster, and alternate between irritation with and affection for each other. Shelton's grayscale illustrations appear throughout, along with a few well-chosen color paintings, such as scenes from an inexplicable comic book the boy reads: 'It seemed to be just one episode of a longer story.... There was no way of knowing what had gone on before or what would happen after.' Readers won't miss the parallel. Ages 8 — 12. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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