Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the Off and Away Blog Tour organized by Rockstar Book Tours.
Title: OFF AND AWAY
Author: Cale Atkinson
Pub. Date: June 5, 2018
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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 picture book is a treasure.
Jo always wanted to be a great adventurer like her dad, but her apprehension about what lurked below the sea always kept her from stepping off their dock. When Jo’s dad falls ill and bottles keep piling up, Jo takes a deep breath in before embarking on a courageous journey. On her voyage, Jo soon realizes that appearances can be deceiving and she is in fact, a brave adventurer . Jo’s heroic actions reminded me of a great quote from Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
“Being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t scared. Being brave means you are scared, really scared, badly scared, and you do the right thing anyway.”
I am a big fan of Cale Atkinson’s books and Off & Away is “sea-sational!” It is a touching and uplifting story about having the courage to face your fears. The gorgeous illustrations are full of such details that a re-read is essential just for viewing the beautiful and intricate artwork.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Cale Atkinson is an illustrator/writer/animator currently residing in Kelowna Canada. Believing in tea more than sleep, Cale is constantly working on numerous projects. His work can be found in children’s books, animated shorts, television, and games. Cale’s always looking for new and exciting projects that challenge his skills and allow him to grow creatively.
Clients: Disney Hyperion, Marvel, Tundra books (imprint of Penguin Random House), OWL Books, Grosset and Dunlap (Penguin), Disney.com, Pearson, American Greetings, Hyper Hippo Games, Lerner Books, Scholastic. Cale is currently working on multiple projects including two picture books he is writing and illustrating.
Would you like to own a copy of Off and Away for your library? Thanks to Rockstar Book Tours, they are giving away 3 copies of this fabulous book (US only). Be sure to take the time and enter this fantastic giveaway. Please click link below to enter!
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