Little Boat

Tarō Gomi

Book - 2018

Little Boat has a lot to watch out for: big boats, waves, rain, and rough weather--but he is brave and determined, and in the end he is reunited with his parents.

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San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books LLC [2018]
Main Author
Tarō Gomi (author)
Item Description
"Originally published in Japan in 2015 by DOSHINSHA Publishing Co., Ltd., under the title Kiotsukete 3."
On board pages.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 16 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In the kickoff to a series featuring underdog automobiles and vessels, a diminutive pink and white boat sails from harbor to sea. An encouraging voice accompanies the boat ("Look at Little Boat go!") and alerts bigger crafts to be cautious ("Be careful not to hit Little Boat"). A sharklike ship ominously looms behind Little Boat, leaving a wake of rolling, purple waves as it passes: "Uh, oh. Little Boat is rocking." In Gomi's soothing scenes, fellow vessels, industrial buildings, the pink sun, and a gray storm cloud all wear gentle smiles. Readers will root for the adorable, intrepid subject, which is buoyed by the assurances of a watchful advocate. Also available: Little Truck and Little Plane. Ages up to 3. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Intrepid Little Boat encounters pint-sized obstacles before returning safely to his family.Here's an author who understands how much bravery it takes to be little in a big world. Little Boat floats through mild perils that will feel quite familiar to most toddlers: a crowded shipping lane where he fears being bumped, a frightening run-in with a much bigger freighter, concern about a scary storm, and loneliness. Little Boat's anxiety is apparent, as he's pictured teeny-tiny against the waves, but the clouds are so sweet-faced and the waters so gently rolling that it's clear there's no real danger. After he successfully navigates the challenges, Little Boat's parents congratulate him on his brave solo expedition, and toddlers will similarly bask in his feeling of accomplishment. Although the small ship is ostensibly on his journey alone, he's gently advised and reassured by a narrator who makes sure everyone, including the audience, knows that "Little Boat is fine!" The spare art is expressive in its simplicity, with ships made of basic shapes, rustically outlined and perfectly personified with paint-dabbed faces, all set against a tonally pleasing palette of blue, teal, and rose. Our hero's white hull, jaunty triangular flag, and blush-pink-dotted cheek are both easily spotted and eminently charming.With this masterful board book, little listeners are in for some smooth sailing. (Board book. 18 mos.-3) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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