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Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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“The text has a gentle, meandering flavor with a repeated cumulative refrain…. The illustrations are striking…” ―BCCB
“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.” ―Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“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.” ―Starred, Publishers Weekly
“Stead combines playful compositions and his hero's serious intent in a winning combination. What at first seems almost whimsical, upon closer inspection reveals careful planning in each illustration.” ―Shelf Awareness
“Stead skillfully employs color to reflect Jonathan's mood: an initial bright sky when the boy and Frederick are together, growing darkness as he sets off alone, and a final scene in which an orange-bright "globe" sun beams its rays on the reunited travelers. A gentle tale heralding imagination's triumph over disappointment.” ―School Library Journal
About the Author
Philip C. Stead is the author of the Caldecott Medal winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2010, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2010). Philip, also an artist, both wrote and illustrated his debut Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast (Roaring Brook Press, 2009), which was applauded by School Library Journal for "its wry humor and illustrations worthy of a Roald Dahl creation." Philip lives with Erin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Top Customer Reviews
ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created with a mix of collage and acrylic paint. Although they are highly interesting, they are also very very busy which is distracting. At times the illustrations are quite muddy making them difficult to understand.
THE GOOD: This story is high in imagination. One would not expect a boy to sail away on his own to look for his lost teddy bear. The illustrations are complex and older readers may enjoy them.
THE NOT AS GOOD: I was quite upset by the beginning of the story where the parents trade Jonathan's most prized possession to get something for themselves. Then this very young boy sets out ALONE on a huge ship to search out his friend. I felt disturbed and sad that the boy is alone on the world. And although he collects new friends along the way, he never goes back home, but simply keeps on sailing. The conclusion of the story made sad rather than relieved.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 4-8
An old tugboat captain stared down and Jonathan, who was very sad and lonesome without Frederick. When asked, Jonathan told him the sad tale of his missing friend. Jonathan had an idea and before you know it he was on the Big Blue Boat in search of Frederick. Storms tossed the boat until it was high on top of a pointed island. Not all was lost because Jonathan met a mountain goat who would help him out of his predicament. Along with his new first mate, Jonathan soon set sail to find Frederick. They would soon meet a circus elephant, a whale, and even tussle with some pirates who threatened to take over the Big Blue Boat, but would they ever be able to find Frederick?
This dashing, daring, and slightly zany tale will entrance the young reader. Jonathan's imaginative adventure is definitely enhanced by the unusual mix of collage and acrylic. The collage contains snippets of maps, worldwide postage stamps, and ephemera. For example, one of the sails on the pirate ship is made up of two triangle stamps. A young student could have fun tracing where in the world the Big Blue Boat and its crew went in search of Frederick by taking a close look at the fabulous artwork.Read more ›
A slyly humorous story.
"'Hello,' said Jonathan to a mountain goat. `I'm looking for a bear named Frederick.'
The goat was startled. He had never met a sea captain before.
`I've never met a bear before,' said the goat, `but someday I would like to.'
Jonathan looked up. `I could use a first mate,' he offered, `but my boat is stuck.'
The goat wagged his chin thoughtfully. He wedged his powerful horns beneath the boat's hull. The great shipped teetered like a seesaw and then...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stupid, insipid book with a boring, repetitive alleged story line. Why are all the human characters black? Politically correct pandering. Stupid illustrations. This book sucks.Published 28 days ago by JW
Cute book. It;s a gift for my nephew "Jonathan" LOL. Nice price too !Published 13 months ago by richterd
This book has brought smiles to our children's faces and captivated them from beginning to end. Love the colors and the story. Such a surprise!Published on October 24, 2013 by Anna
Good book, but not as good as "A Sick Day for Amos McGee," but I love the art work. kPublished on December 29, 2012 by kari
I would highly recommend this book. Our entire family enjoyed this story. Rate it five star! The illustrations are really great.Published on November 22, 2012 by Don Mys