A Sea Voyage

Gérard Lo Monaco. Thames & Hudson, $29.95 (16p) ISBN 978-0-500-65088-2
Moody seascapes that wouldn’t be out of place on a vintage watercolor tin spring to life in elegant pop-ups as Lo Monaco (The Small World of Paper Toys) showcases six sea vessels, including a lifeboat, caravel, tall ship, and ocean liner. The book opens calendar style, transforming the upper pages into the sky behind the three-dimensional sails and smokestacks of the ships. Brief accompanying rhymes (“When there’s danger close at hand/ The lightship guides us in to land”) have the air of sung chanteys, and background details about the boats’ origins, feats, and specifications are included. It’s a lovely nautical excursion that brings a ship-in-a-bottle intricacy to each page. Ages 4–8. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/10/2016
Release date: 11/15/2016
Genre: Children's
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