Tuesday, July 17, 2018

OFF & AWAY by Cale Atkinson / Book Review #OffAndAway

Written & Illustrated by: Cale Atkinson
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: June 5th, 2018
Ages: 3 & up
Purchase from: Disney | Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 5 Owlets
Thank you to Disney Hyperion for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

How would you get mail if you lived in the middle of the sea? It's Jo's dad's job to deliver it, taking bottles wherever they need to go. He always comes home with exciting stories to tell-but Jo is far too afraid to go out on the ocean herself. Until Dad gets a bad sea cold, that is. With no one but Jo to deliver the bottles, she must find her courage and set sail alone. As she embarks on her mission, her fears just might be replaced with new friendships . . . and grand stories of her own.

With beautiful, atmospheric art and endearing new characters by author-illustrator Cale Atkinson, this picturebook is a treasure.

A high seas adventure about over coming one's fear. Jo's story will make you wish you could climb aboard her boat, and travel the seas with her.

When Jo's dad gets sick, he can't deliver the messages in the bottles. He travels the seas to deliver the bottles, and comes back with grand stories of adventures, something Jo loves. Now, it's up to Jo to faces her fears and travel the ocean alone, even to the parts she has feared to go, to get deliver the bottles. What she discovers on her quest is the incredible courage she has, and the power that lies within her to overcome her fears. Along the way Jo discovers new friendships, and help from the most unlikely of places. Not only that, she has one grand high seas adventure story of her own to tell her father. 

This book is an absoutely treasure! This is such a fun story with an empowering messages about having courage. The story is one that will resonate with kids, and adults. I loved how encouraging it is. And now we know where all the messages in the bottles go. I've always wondered what happened to them... I loved that creative touch to the story. 

The illustrations are absolutely adorable! When it comes to picture books, Cale's illustrations are some of our favorites. The illustrations alone are worth picking up this book. OFF & AWAY is perfect for bedtime and story time reading. This book can easily be incorporated into fun interactive story time for pre-k and younger elementary school classes. 


Other books by Cale Atkinson we highly recommend checking out; Explorers of the Wild and To The Sea. Find out more about both books here

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
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