Without looking busy or cluttered, there’s a lot going on in Dunbar’s expressive mixed-media illustrations. Children will enjoy studying the pages and finding marine-related details hiding in the pictures—from Mom’s seashell necklace to Dad’s lobster slippers and a bottle with a message on a table. They’ll get a kick out of watching the boat grow on Arthur’s imaginative little head, and they’ll get satisfaction from the fantastical ending, which proves anything can happen when you set your creative mind to it: “One night Arthur had a dream. And it really was…amazing!”

 

Have you read any books written and/or illustrated by Polly Dunbar? Which is your favorite?

 

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