Home » Book » JONATHAN AND THE BIG BLUE BOAT by Philip C. Stead



Philip Stead has authored and illustrated this book of a boy’s search for his teddy bear, his best friend, Frederick.  Jonathan’s parents have traded the bear in for a toaster when they think he has, or should have, outgrown the need for a stuffed animal.  Jonathan sets off to find Frederick, ending up on this big blue boat sailing the ocean blue.  Jonathan gathers new friends as he travels, each one solving a mishap.  They bring aboard aspects of life that Jonathan needs such as friendship, caring, and helping one another.

The illustrations are detailed collages of Mr. Stead’s actual stamp collection of boats and ships from his boyhood, pieces of paper with handwritten numbers and notes, receipts, postcards, and maps.  He adds acrylic paint to each collection, brightening up each page, making them come to life under the adventures of Jonathan and his new friends.

Reading Level: 4 – 7 Years

Philip C. Stead is the author of the Caldecott Medal winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which was illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2010).  Philip both wrote and illustrated his debut Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast (Roaring Brook Press, 2009) as he did Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat.  Philip lives with Erin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
You can find him @ http://philipstead.com/  plus he has a blog all about his stamp collection with an announcement of the publication of this great book @ http://philipstead.blogspot.com/2011/06/boat-1-big-blue-boat.html

Book Information:

  • ISBN-13: 9781596435629
  • Publisher: A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Originally reviewed by me September, 2013


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