Occasionally I get children’s books sent to me and I tend to put them aside until I get several of them, for how does one review a book consisting of pictures with a little text, or a child’s first chapbook? All the books that follow are from two of Newfoundland & Labrador’s independent publishers: Breakwater Books and Flanker Press. (I’ll post a separate article soon on books I’ve received from Running the Goat Books.) All are colourful, well-illustrated and of exceptional quality.
Flying Ace: Errol’s Gander Adventure by Sheila Lukins, Illustrated by Laurel Keating
Sheilah Lukins’ first children’s book, Full Speed Ahead: Errol’s Bell Island Adventure, won the 2018 Bruneau Family Children’s/Young-Adult Award, and now Errol finds himself a pilot of a small replica of a Hudson Bomber in WWII. This is one mouse that leads an adventurous life! It is a chapbook with a nice balance of text and illustrations.
Commander Gander goes to Come From Away, Written and Illustrated by Dawn Baker
Another Gander adventure, this time with a goose going to New York City to see the hit Broadway musical “Come From Away.” A children’s picture book, its illustrations of flying on a plane, and visiting sites in NYC are fascinating.
One Brave Boy and His Cat by Dr. Andrew Peacock, Illustrated by Angie Green
This children’s picture book is different for it deals with the untimely death of Susie, seven-year-old Nick’s pet cat. It handles death in a mature way, and in a direction I didn’t expect. The illustrations are bold and uncluttered.