Friday, 27 July 2012

Busy Boats by Susan Stegall (Children's, Picture Book)

April 2012, Frances Lincoln
32 pages, Hardback
Review copy

Themes: life at a port, different types of ships, who goes on ships

Summary from Frances Lincoln
Following a fishing boat that leaves port in the morning and returns in the afternoon, this visual feast of a book illustrates many of the vessels to be seen in a typical harbour. From freighters being loaded with cargo, lifeboats, a ferry, speed boats, rowing boats and yachts, to an ocean liner, this is a book that celebrates the variety and beauty of boats and ships of every kind. Accompanied by a rhyming and rhythmic text that will delight the youngest readers, this is a perfect book for adults and young children to share. It is one that is sure to inspire a fascination with the sea and ships of all sizes.

Nayuleska's thoughts
This informative book provides lots to look at. There's a real sense of texture in the illustrations: the sea looks a bit choppy and deep with it's different coloured blues, I can almost feel the hard gritty feel of the concrete piers, and I sense the excitement in the brightly clothed, sunglass wesring tourists. This 8/10 read is a good starting point for readers who are intrigued by ships and the sea. It lost a few marks because for me I have little interest in boats (That's an understatement, I really dislike them) however it's informative, well written & finely illustrated.

Suggested read
If you like boats you'll probably like buses - Red Car, Red Bus is also by Sarah.  

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