Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Away - Off & Away

Monday, May 28, 2018

Book Away - Off & Away

Off & Away

About the Book
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 picturebook is a treasure.

My Take on the Book
Cale Atkinson has written a heartwarming story accompanied by beautifully detailed illustrations.
This story any child will enjoy hearing often. It is a story about a little girl, Jo, and her father. Her father delivers bottle mail (rather than mail in envelopes). They live by the sea and his home is the "post office".

Jo is afraid of the sea. She imagines monsters and does not travel with her father, but one day that changes.

This story is about Jo becoming courageous as she must deliver the mail to various places. The reader will see as she ventures further and further out into the sea that she begins to actually see what is real and not imaginary. It is not until she meets a real sea monster who helps her, that Jo becomes very courageous.

All children develop fears at some time in their young lives. How they eventually overcome those fears is the real courageous journey, like Jo.

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