PPBF: The Wanderer

Author/Illustrator: Peter Van den Ende
Publisher: Levine Querido, 2019

Themes: wordless picture book, boats, voyages

Opening: see spread below.

Summary: (from my library catalog) Without a word, and with Escher-like precision, Van den Ende presents one little paper boat’s journey across the ocean, past reefs and between icebergs, through schools of fish, swaying water plants, and terrifying sea monsters. The little boat is all alone, and while its aloneness gives it the chance to wonder at the fairy-tale world above and below the waves uninterrupted, that also means it must save itself when storms approach. And so it does. We hope that readers young and old will find the strength and inspiration that we did in this quietly powerful story about growing, learning, and life’s ups and downs..

I like this book because: this is an absolute pleasure to look at! All black and white pen and ink drawings, and endless beauty to get lost in! Take your time and savour it! If anyone knows of a child who has read it, I would love to hear back whether they were as enchanted as I am with this book!

Resources/activities: just dive in to the book; and if that isn’t enough, a video featuring the book and it’s maker featured at the bottom of this post.

A little excitement to share – knowing that an appearance in PW may never happen again!

For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

10 thoughts on “PPBF: The Wanderer

  1. Wow! I can understand why it would be easy to get lost in the illustrations. Thought it had a European feel to it. Perfect title. The boat really does reflect back to us the challenges/opportunities of life. I enjoyed the video with Peter Van den Ende. Great selection!

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  2. I have read this one. The illustrations are so intricate & stunning. I’m so happy you reviewed it. As a non-illustrator, I didn’t think I was the right person to do it justice. You have done so.

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    • Even as an artist I often find it difficult to express my feelings about great examples of art. But a sculptor friend once showed me I don’t need to sound like an expert to share my joy in it! And sometimes, that’s just a heart emoji!


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