In a crowded public pool, a chance encounter between two children leads to a wondrous and unforgettable flight of imagination.
Inspired by the author’s own experience with his daughter, this heartwarming wordless picture book centres on a little girl taking a stroll home with her father after a grocery run. But, despite walking side by side, what they each see and experience along the way cannot be more different.
In a sense, wordless picture books are like frames excerpted from a silent movie, telling a story in their own quiet way. Because there are no words to guide the reader along and explain the sequence of events, such books are a true test of the illustrator’s storytelling vision and artistic abilities — although, here, Marla Frazee‘s considerable talents are such that she makes it all seem almost effortless.
The Boat is a charming little hardcover book that is part of a series of re-released ‘Mouse Books’ by Swiss artist Monique Felix that star a little mouse who is seemingly trapped in the blank pages of the book, but uses its ingenuity and imagination to alter its circumstance in a delightfully unexpected manner.