The cover of Toy Boat immediately got my attention when I saw an ad for it in today’s issue of Shelf Awareness. It didn’t hurt that I’m nuts about boats, of course. Loren Long has beautifully illustrated other kids books, and appears to have done it again. The story is by Randall DeSeve, and as described by the Penguin, the publisher, sounds like it would easily keep the attention of a young child. I’ll be looking for Toy Boat when I’m out shopping.
Here’s the description from Penguin:
A little boy has a toy boat. He made it out of a can, a cork, a yellow pencil, and some white cloth. The boy and his boat are inseparable, until one day when the wind pushes the toy boat out into the wide lake. Alone now, the little boat must face fierce waves, a grumpy ferry, a sassy schooner, and a growling speed boat. How the little boat misses the boy! But if he is going to survive, he must figure a way to do it on his own.
More about the book at the publisher’s web page:
Toy Boat – Randall DeSeve – Penguin Group USA
Illustrator: Loren Long
Published: Sept. 20, 2007 by Penguin