“Young readers will be captivated.” —The Washington Post
From the creators of the gorgeous bestseller The Night Gardener comes a stunning new picture book about a young boy who sets sail to find a place his grandfather told him about...the spot where the ocean meets the sky.
It’s a good day for sailing.
Finn lives by the sea and the sea lives by him. Every time he looks out his window it’s a constant reminder of the stories his grandfather told him about the place where the ocean meets the sky. Where whales and jellyfish soar and birds and castles float.
Finn’s grandfather is gone now but Finn knows the perfect way to honor him. He’ll build his own ship and sail out to find this magical place himself!
And when he arrives, maybe, just maybe, he’ll find something he didn’t know he was looking for.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Terry Fan received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. He spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits, and prints. The Night Gardener is his first book. Born in Illinois, he now lives in Toronto. Visit him online at Krop.com/TerryFFan and Society6.com/igo2cairo and on Facebook (Terry Fan Illustration).
Eric Fan is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. Born in Hawaii and raised in Toronto, he attended the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he studied illustration, sculpture, and film. He has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions, and impossible dreams. The Night Gardener is his first children’s book. See more of his work at Society6.com/opifan64 and on Facebook (Eric Fan Illustration).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Finn is remembering the time that he spent with his grandfather as he looks out his bedroom window admiring the sea, today would have been grandpa’s 90th birthday. Finn remembers the sound of Grandpa’s voice as he told him stories of a faraway place where the ocean would meet the sky. Today, Finn decides that he’s going to make a boat. He’s making this boat based on the plans that he used to make with his grandpa, for the journey they would take together. Little Finn ends up falling asleep while making the boat and he has the most amazing journey. Whisked away on his boat, Finn is immediately met by a large, golden fish. This is truly a magical world, as this gigantic fish offers to show Finn the faraway place his grandfather had talked about, if he would follow him. As they travel, there are some amazing sights but suddenly, Finn sees something spectacular and he’s sure that he’s found what his grandpa has been talking about. This has to be, where the ocean meets the sky! This was a terrific book and the illustrations made it feel dreamy. I read it slowly, as to take in all the details of the illustrations, before moving on. I absolutely loved the illustrations, as they added a depth to the story and the sense of adventure. I would have loved to know what grandfather told Finn about this magical world for when I flipped a page of this book, I was met with the lines, “But then Finn’s eyes filled with wonder. Had he finally reached the place of his grandfather’s story?” and these lines were after Finn had already traveled awhile and been treated to some wonderful sights (at least in my mind). So, what exactly did his grandfather tell him about this magical place? How did Finn know that what Finn saw before, was not it? Finn’s magical journey continues on (not going to spoil it for you) and I feel the illustrations become more impressive. The ending was super sweet too! This is another impressive children’s book from The Fan Brothers.
This is simply a beautiful, imagination packed book which invites to dream and ride on fantasy's wings. Finn lives by the ocean, and he misses his grandfather, who loved ships and sailing. On what would have been his grandfather's ninetieth birthday, Finn decides to honor him by building a boat of his own. The results aren't only a boat but an amazing trip not only to the high-seas but beyond. Illustrations, dreams and words find the perfect blend in these pages, creating not only a lovely read but a piece of art. Starting out with an average boy remembering his grandfather, this story mounts into a magical journey. There's a touch of Asia in the pages and the beauty of the culture and myths (especially of the giant golden fish) hit like a gentle dusting. Imagination takes flight in this book and, with the amazing illustration, invites to gaze and dream. There's something new to find in the details every time, making this a book to flip through time and again. It's great as a bedtime read, especially with the moon taking on a lovely role toward the end. There are many things to love about this book, including the journey the boy makes to reach these dreams. First, there's a warming memory of his grandfather—he misses his grandfather but its the wonderful memories which stand on center stage. Then, the boy constructs his own ship, putting his feelings and imagination to work. When the fantasy kicks in, it's spellbinding and offers a message of hope and encouragement. This one will receive a special place on our shelves. I received a complimentary copy and loved this book so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.