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The Antlered Ship

byDashka SlaterIllustratorTerry Fan, Eric Fan

Picture Books | September 12, 2017

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An inquisitive fox sets off on a seafaring voyage with a crew of deer and pigeons in this enchanting tale of friendship and adventure.

Marco the fox has a lot of questions, like: how deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? And why do birds have such lizardy feet? But none of the other foxes share his curiosity. So when a magnificent ship adorned with antlers and with a deer for a captain arrives at the dock looking for a crew, Marco volunteers, hoping to find foxes who are as inquisitive as he is that can answer his questions. The crew finds adventure and intrigue on their journey. And, at last, Marco finds the answer to his most important question of all: What’s the best way to find a friend you can talk to?
Title:The Antlered ShipFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:48 pages, 8 × 11 × 0.5 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:Beach Lane BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:148145160X

ISBN - 13:9781481451604

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful artwork! We bought this based on cover alone. The art is amazing! Son is happy.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful! The story about Marco, the curious fox in search for answers and adventures is nice, but the illustrations of the Fan Brothers are simply gorgeous!
Date published: 2017-10-12

Editorial Reviews

A fox sets sail in search of answers to questions about life, the universe, and everything in this picture book fantasy. Marco the fox wonders about many things, but the other foxes are more concerned with chicken soup than with philosophy. When an antlered ship appears, captained by deer traveling to an island of “tall, sweet grass and short, sweet trees,” Marco seizes the opportunity to seek out other foxes who may have answers. The crew sails across treacherous seas, triumphing over sharp rocks and fierce pirates before arriving safely at Sweet Tree Island. Alas, there are no foxes to be found, and Marco’s travels have only yielded more questions. Yet, he also has new friends and the chance for further adventures–perhaps that is enough. Slater’s adventure narrative is an epic journey with a classic feel, perfectly scaled for a picture-book audience. The straightforward text is lyrical, rhythmic, and begs to be read aloud. Graphite-and-pen illustrations by the Fan Brothers depict expressive, realistically drawn animals sporting the occasional hat or bandanna. As the distinctive prow of the antlered ship sails through ethereal seascapes, young audiences can follow its path through the detailed maps included on the endpapers. VERDICT Marco’s discovery that the world is full of questions, but not always answers, is at once profound and entirely accessible to young audiences. Make this gently thrilling celebration of life’s big questions a first-purchase.