An Engaging and Surprising Picture Book
I follow Cale Atkinson on social media platforms so I knew Off and Away was making it's way into the world and could not wait to grab a copy of my own. We are huge fans of Cale's work because it is always so detailed with so much to see and find. Each reading of one of his fabulous stories reveals something we missed the first few times.
Off and Away, published by Disney-Hyperion is the story of Jo who's dad is a message in a bottle delivery man. When one day he comes down with a severe sea cold, Jo is left to deliver the messages for him. The only problem is Jo has never done that before as she is too terrified of what lurks below the water's surface. Mustering up all her courage, she sets sail.
It's a perfectly simple little story of courageousness and facing one's fears with so many surprises in store. Off and Away makes a fabulous read aloud and a great cuddle up story. We brought it on vacation with us and had to read it multiple times a day. The art is engaging and surprising, making us chuckle all the way through (penguins in bowties!!). Cale Atkinson's books simply make us feel good: they make us smile, they bring us joy, and they deliver messages of kindness, bravery, and friendship. His books always have a clever surprise under the jacket which carries through the theme of the book. Cale Atkinson's books are must haves in our home! Follow him on Twitter @2dcale for behind the scenes looks at process art from his picture books and sneak peaks at his upcoming work.