The Antlered Ship
The Antlered Ship is a beautifully illustrated tale of a curious and dauntless fox, Marco. When an antlered ship makes anchor nearby, Marco decides to join the crew to go in search of answers to his many questions about life (like why water is so wet and how deep the sun goes when it sinks into the sea). The illustrations are by the Fan brothers, previously of The Night Gardener, and they’re striking–they’re rich in detail and impressively atmospheric. The animals are both expressive and realistic, and some are downright charming, like the pigeon with a peg leg and the ferret dashingly wielding a sword. The colors are generally somewhat muted, favoring detail over excessive color, and they complement the story’s measured tones quite well.
The story itself is short but winning. Through its chronicle of the antlered ship’s voyage to find the lush grasses of Sweet Tree Island, the book explores the virtues of persistence and the value of adventure and friendship. By weathering storms and pirate attacks, the crew develop strong bonds and learn that true camaraderie can be as worthwhile as the destinations they reach.
Overall, this book offers a lovely reading experience. It will particularly appeal to kids who love animals, sea voyages, and adventure. And it’s quite well suited to being read aloud.
|Author||Dashka Slater • Terry Fan, Illustrator • Eric Fan, Illustrator|
|Page Count||48 pages|
|Publisher||Beach Lane Books|
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