This dazzlingly illustrated debut about sailing through the journey of life is perfect for graduation or uplifting reading year-round. Out at sea anything can happen: whether trials or triumphs, there are infinite possibilities to explore once we leave the shore. And what lies under the water's surface, in the darkest depths, can often lead to the most beautiful discoveries. With gentle wisdom and dynamic art that will sweep you away, remarkable debut talent Dorien Brouwers beckons us to climb aboard and discover the courage, grit, and resilience that resides within us all. Ideal for all ages and filled with universal themes, the story also features a set of questions at the end that will invite parent-child conversations and encourage readers to explore their own life journeys.
Dorien Brouwers grew up in the Netherlands and currently lives in Suffolk, England. She trained as a graphic designer and worked for clients such as the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain; the Tate Modern in London, England; and Pearson Education. Eventually she began writing and illustrating books for her son, drawing predominantly with watercolor, pen, and ink, and developing a distinctive style rich in texture and detail. She invites you to visit her website at dorienillustrator.com.
Winner of the World Illustration Award 2022
"Picture book fans will be dazzled by the watercolor and monoprint illustrations with their swirling brushstrokes in teal and aqua and their abundance of ocean-dwelling critters."—School Library Connection
"Using a rhyming text, this bolstering picture book presents life's journey as setting sail on the unknown ocean and exploring and facing the challenges therein."—Kirkus Reviews
"...[T]his motivational book replete with positive messages would be at home on the shelf with Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate."—School Library Journal
"...readers can almost feel the ocean spray as they turn pages depicting the wild open sea."—Publishers Weekly