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Shackleton's Journey Hardcover – February 18, 2014

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Winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal
A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2014
Best Children's Book of 2014, Wall Street Journal
Best Children's Book of 2014, Brain Pickings
A 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book

"Mr. Grill's manner of illustration lends itself beautifully to the juxtaposition of early-20th-century human ingenuity and the raw, indifferent power of nature."
Wall Street Journal

"A book every house should have."
The Guardian

"A magnificent chronicle by emerging illustrator William Grill, whose affectionate and enchanting colored-pencil drawings bring to life the legendary explorer and his historic expedition."
Brainpickings

"A perfect picture book for any would be historian or adventurer. "
This Picture Book Life

"Author William Grill does an excellent job telling this story so that the book can be both a resource for a child’s book report as well as a captivating picture book for anyone wanting to learn about this expedition. But even more powerful than the narrative are the detailed and dramatic illustrations, done in colored pencils, many which, if framed, would look stunning on a wall. To top it all off, the textured book cover and raw, thick pages make this a book to flaunt on your coffee table or child’s bookshelf."
Wink Books

"This is a book that will appeal to adult art lovers, picture book fans and history buffs (of which, I fall into all three categories), children and adult alike. The book’s large format gives ample space for detailed colored pencil illustrations and the perfect pacing for such a fascinating journey." - The Eric Carle Museum

"What a remarkable book, and a harrowing story of bravery, endurance and hope! […] Beautifully illustrated and endlessly compelling, it is a tribute to explorers, their bravery and their hopes."
- Sal's Fiction Addiction

"William Grill’s well designed book is the perfect introduction for young readers to get a sense of the Endurance expedition." - Mindy Rhiger

"An example of the arty but accessible […], the sketches evoke the feeling of a naturalist’s diary with an almost documentary feeling as we peek into the mundane (six months provisions) isolating hardship (crossing the ice fields) and relief (rescue and survival)." — Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word

"The meticulously detailed colored pencil illustrations highlight the planning, the departure, the voyage, the rescue efforts, and the successful return of the crew after the loss of the Endurance on the ice."
—Dragon Lode

About the Author

First time author and recent graduate from the University of Falmouth, William Grill is a fresh-faced new talent. With a slew of prizes and exhibitions under his belt, Grill's vibrant colors and cheerful illustration truly bring a book to life.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 1140 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Flying Eye Books (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909263109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909263109
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.6 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert C Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 2, 2016
Format: Hardcover
Read my rent-a-kid's copy to him -- he is 12.

Twelve years ago I was lucky enough to go on a ten day cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands, and am very familiar with many of the leading sources of literature -- one of the speakers on the boat was a nephew of one of the five men on the Scott's fatal expedition and was obsessed with exploration of the area.

It is perhaps unfair for me to review this book -- I got caught up with details that were wrong -- the boat journey took 16 days, not 10; they had provisions for four weeks, not six months; and after sliding down the mountain side, they still had great difficulties reaching the whaling station. (Having stood at the base of that mountain, and then traveling for an hour on our ship to the station itself -- I was amazing they could cross the river between the mountain and the station, for example. I wanted to trace their path but our guides said "That's impossible.") And, of course, once you have seen South with Endurance: Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917 with its incredible 500 photographs, and you remember how many of the plates were saved as the ship sank -- well, it isn't fair to compare the illustrations in this "kid's book".

Nonetheless, my rent-a-kid loved the book. We discussed the dogs and their names and reflected on Scott rejecting Amundsen's and Nansen's advice: "Dogs, Scott, take dogs." He took over the reading from time to time. We spent three delightful hours, and he took the book home with him very happily.

His mother is sure he will return to it in the future, and he has asked me for a couple of my books on Shackleton. For a 10 to 15 year old boy or girl, this is a great introduction to one of the most amazing maritime journeys of all time.

Robert C. Ross
March 2016
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By KT on December 2, 2015
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Gorgeous book, very creative picture book. However, it seems like the illustrator was unclear about what age reader he was addressing and what was appropriate. There is often a tedious amount of detail that is more appropriate for adults--and may be random for adults as well. Also, the expedition went through a very raw human experience, and some of their travails aren't appropriate to share with young kids. He lavishes several pages on illustrating every one of the 99 dogs, lists all their names, tells anecdotes throughout the text--which seems intended to appeal to kids--then offhandedly writes later, "sadly this meant that the few remaining dogs had to be shot..." He would have benefitted from having a co-author who was adept at writing for a specific child audience. Or maybe it's not a kids' book--maybe it's meant to be a graphic novel for teens and adults.
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This book is extremely informative without being too lengthy. The language is precise and academic with supporting illustrations that read more like diagrams and infographics than narrative story illustrations. The illustrations provide a lot of information about the expedition members, supplies, and what it must have been like to explore during this time period. I would recommend this to 3rd graders and up. An excellent choice for building up the non-fiction library in your classroom or home. After reading this book, the kids were very excited to see the black and white photos taken during this expedition which are easily found online.
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The illustrations added to the interest in this book. I read this aloud to my boys, they loved hearing the dogs' names! Great historical children's book, created lots of discussion. I highly recommend.
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My son got this book for his 6th birthday. His uncle commented on how he glanced it over before putting it in the gift bag and wanted to borrow it when we were done. We have only been reading through it for 3 days but he loves it. It is written with enough information to give the kids a lesson, but also excite them to ask questions. I like thus far how the sections are segregated (the crew, the ship, etc.) I feel this book is written so that it also gives the parent/educator segways to talk to the child about the whys? Why bring the dogs, why bring the warm clothes, why stop in SA before heading off to Antarctica, etc.

Totally recommend.
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I've read a lot about the explorers and am no stranger to Shackleton's journeys. This book does a very fine, and entertaining, job of detailing Shackleton's attempt to cross Antarctica by land. This is an oversized picture book suitable for upper-elementary and up. The art is absolutely amazing, using a limited palette of blacks, blues and browns Grill appears to have used pastels or chalks and his use of white space to invoke the emptiness and harshness of the desolate continent is breathtaking. The story is very detailed (including the names of all the crew and 69 dogs) and told in short blocks of text interspersed with the illustrations. The narrative contains quotes from the crew themselves and the narrative voice is entertaining to read. An impressive book, for an introduction to the topic.
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I like the composition and layout of the graphics. It is so thoughtfully rendered and beautifully presents such an amazing adventure that is still hard to believe.
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