The Secret of Black Rock - by Joe Todd-Stanton (Hardcover)
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About the BookA brave, curious little girl ignores the rumors and legends surrounding Black Rock and explores the mysteries of the coral reefs!
Book SynopsisErin loves to lie on the jetty, looking for the weirdest fish in the sea--the weirder, the better! And she knows the best ones must be further out, where her mum won't let her go... Out there in the deepest sea lies the Black Rock: a huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy any boats that come near it! Can Erin uncover the truth behind this mysterious legend?
Todd-Stanton's tale is, at first glance, a deceptively simple tale of acceptance and bravery. However, he deftly infuses his narrative with quiet depth, including a positive ecological slant in which nature wins over machines, and portrays Erin's single mother succeeding in a typically male-dominated profession. The illustrations are dazzling and vibrantly hued, the rich palette just right for the resplendent undersea scenes that adroitly float young readers' sense of magic just under the surface of the mundane. A winner on many levels.
--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW The gentle environmental message takes on a kind of magic in Todd-Stanton's pictures of Erin suspended in the ocean among incandescent jellyfish or facing down a monstrous, weaponised fishing fleet in the moonlight. A young artist to watch.
--The Guardian A fairytale world is created that should enchant children as much as the old-fashioned illustrations that fit the story perfectly.
--Youth Services Book Review The layers of ocean life and the benign Black Rock are beautifully rendered in this wonderfully tactile hardback, while the gently delivered environmental message adds a welcome real-life depth to the modern mythic tale.
--Irish Times An original picture book story that is superbly illustrated from cover to cover, Joe Todd-Stanton's "The Secret of Black Rock" is a compelling and entertaining read for children ages 5 to 8, making it an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections.
--Midwest Book Review This is an exceptionally illustrated modern folk-tale [...] You will love Erin and her large heart, courage, sense of adventure, and ability to stand up for what she believes in!
--A Story A Day This book is truly an amazing read! [...] The illustration is magnificent!
--How Useful It Is "This book has several great messages within the covers. First, how cool is it that Erin's mother is a fisherwoman with her own boat Such a small and awesome way to subvert gender stereotyping. Second is the message of environmental conservation and bravely standing up for what you believe in. Erin feels passionately about saving Black Rock and all of the critters that call it home, and she's not afraid to take direct action."
--The Tiny Activist
About the AuthorJoe Todd-Stanton grew up in Brighton and was taught to draw by his mother, who is also an illustrator. He studied at Bristol University, receiving a first class degree in Illustration.
Dimensions (Overall): 10.7 Inches (H) x 9.2 Inches (W) x .4 Inches (D)
Weight: .85 Pounds
Suggested Age: 3-7 Years
Number of Pages: 40
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Action & Adventure
Publisher: Nobrow Press
Author: Joe Todd-Stanton
Street Date: June 13, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-9134
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.4 inches length x 9.2 inches width x 10.7 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.85 pounds
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