I Want a Boat

I Want a Boat
Words by Liz Garton Scanlon
Illustrated by Kevan Atteberry
Published 2021

What do you do when you want a boat but all you have is a box? Add some imagination and, voila: creation. We follow the little girl through building up the perfect boat, to finding a good crew, and then running into a massive, scary storm.

I love how this highlights the sheer joy and adventure that comes when kids let their imagination run free. Grownups might see just another box to go in the recycle bin, but it holds endless potential to a child.
I also appreciated how it doesn’t shy away from the fact that kids do imagine going through scary situations. It’s one of the ways they work through the what-ifs and things that trouble them. And seeing that conveyed with such sparse text highlights the wonderful abilities of both the writer and illustrator as they created this book together.

And speaking of the art, it’s darling and whimsical while at the same time maintaining a fun cartoon-y feel that draws kids in. I love the depiction of the three side characters, their expressions as they inch closer and closer and become more involved are hilarious.

As a fun little tidbit, it made me giggle to see the oops that spilled the beans on whether or not we get time travel.

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