Friday, June 8, 2018

Off & Away by Cale Atkinson

I am thrilled to be a stop on the book tour for Off & Away by Cale Atkinson, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! You can read my review below but be sure to check out the tour schedule at the end of this post, or click the banner above, for more!
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Children, Picture Book
Publication Date:June 5, 2018
Pages:48 (hardcover)
Published By:  Disney-Hyperion
Website:Cale Atkinson

Off & Away on Goodreads
My Review Copy:Received in exchange for an honest review

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How would you get mail if you lived in the middle of the sea? It's Jo's dad's job to deliver it, taking bottles wherever they need to go. He always comes home with exciting stories to tell-but Jo is far too afraid to go out on the ocean herself. Until Dad gets a bad sea cold, that is. With no one but Jo to deliver the bottles, she must find her courage and set sail alone. As she embarks on her mission, her fears just might be replaced with new friendships . . . and grand stories of her own.

With beautiful, atmospheric art and endearing new characters by author-illustrator Cale Atkinson, this picture book is a treasure.



I've definitely moved into the realm of picture books since Teacup Human was born. Not only do I get to read favorites from my childhood, but I also get to find new favorites! Teacup has started flipping pages on her own now, so books do take a bit more time to read, and we sometimes skips whole pages entirely, but with Off & Away she sat back and looked at the pictures with me.

Jo's father is responsible for delivering all the messages in bottles that get thrown into the sea. Jo longs to go with her father, but is terrified of the water and the monsters that live there. When her dad comes home with a sea cold and the bottles start piling up, Jo faces her fears and delivers the bottles herself.

Cale's images of full of color, magic, imagination, and detail. Even I was mesmerized by the pictures! We are transported on Jo's adventure and learn that the monsters she was afraid of are not so monstrous.

Off & Away is not just a fun story for children but also a lesson in facing our fears and overcoming our obstacles to do great things. I will definitely be reading this story to Teacup again and again!

Cale Atkinson is an illustrator/writer/animator currently residing in Kelowna Canada. Believing in tea more than sleep, Cale is constantly working on numerous projects. His work can be found in children’s books, animated shorts, television, and games.

Cale's always looking for new and exciting projects that challenge his skills and allow him to grow creatively.

Clients: Disney Hyperion, Marvel, Tundra books (imprint of Penguin Random House), OWL Books, Grosset and Dunlap (Penguin),, Pearson, American Greetings, Hyper Hippo Games, Lerner Books, Scholastic.

Cale is currently working on multiple projects, including two picture books he is writing and illustrating.