Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat by Philip C. Stead

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When Jonathan loses his best friend, a stuffed bear named Frederick, he sets sail on the Big Blue Boat to find him. Along the way he assembles a ragtag crew, including a mountain goat, a lonely circus elephant, and even a friendly whale. Adventure and intrigue (and pirates!) follow.
 

About Philip C. Stead

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Philip C. Stead is the author of the Caldecott Medal winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2010, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2010).  Philip, also an artist, both wrote and illustrated his debut Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast (Roaring Brook Press, 2009), which was applauded by School Library Journal for “its wry humor and illustrations worthy of a Roald Dahl creation.”  Philip lives with Erin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife.

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After Jonathan’s parents trade his teddy bear Frederick for a more useful and age-appropriate toaster, he sets sail on a rusty Big Blue Boat to find his lost toy.

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Frederick shows up at the end in the nicest possible way, and Jonathan's slow, reflective journey—filled with pitch-perfect details, sound effects, and vocabulary ("Full steam ahead," "marooned," a cannon's "ker-blammm!!!")—offers a lovely, gentle adventure for younger readers.

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that Jonathan's parents trade his beloved stuffed animal Frederick for a toaster.

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"[I]n the short term, I'm not so sure how much of a good an award may be for a writer (though on balance I suspect it is more good than bad).

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