Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising!by Patricia Hubbell, Megan Halsey, Sean Addy
Tugboats! Yachts! Sailboats! Air Carriers! Canoes! Fishing boats! Barges! Ferries! Ocean liners! Cruise ships! And many other boats move across the pages of this book. Jump aboard and have a good time!
*STARRED REVIEW * The trio who has already taken on trains and planes now turns to boats with wonderful, whimsical results. All kinds of boats are here: "Yachts with flags both fore and aft. / Dory. Dinghy. Shell. Raft.” The tight, surprisingly informative rhyming text works so well because it pairs with art that shows off each of these boats to best advantage. The fun part comes in the way the design and the mixed-media artoriginal drawings, vintage clip art, cartoons, and historical-style paintingscome together. A horizontal spread reveals the inside of a cabin cruiser, from the deck to the head. Turn the page (and the book) and a vertical spread displays different vessels floating on top of an ocean full of the fish. A particularly inventive spread uses a fraying map as background and shows a four-mast ship inside a bottle. With so much to see, boat lovers will want to look at this more than once, and their parents will be happy to oblige with another reading.
Hubbell offers another enjoyable vehicle romp in the vein of Airplanes (2008), Trains (2005), and Cars (2006, all Marshall Cavendish). Here she looks at all manner of floating transportation, from dinghies to aircraft carriers and everything in between. The rhyme and rhythm flow well, making this fun to read aloud. "Liner. Cruise ship. Tropical shore./Down the gangplank. Let's explore!" She includes terms for parts of a sailing ship and also for rooms on a boat. The latter is illustrated with a cutaway picture with fun details for youngsters to search. Halsey and Addy again provide lively mixed-media artwork. The nautical theme is played up well, with several pictures framed by portholes or ship's wheels. There's a retro feel to the illustrations, enhanced with vintage clip art, hand-drawn images, and old papers. This title will appeal to young vehicle fans.-Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY
Meet the Author
Atala Dorothy Toy is Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Dowsers. She is a co-founder and board member of ISIC (Institute for the Study of Interdimensional Cooperation) and founding president of Crystal Life Technology, Inc. begun in 1996 to provide the public with subtle-energy information and tools. She runs a popular New Age store in St. Charles, Illinois and several of her energy tools and her Web site have won awards from COVR (Coalition of Visionary Retailers).
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