Award-winning author-illustrator Wallace Edwards is striking out in a bold, new artistic direction. Woodrow At Sea is a friendship story in the tradition of the great epics, but made accessible to the very young. Loose, energetic illustrations carry the story in this wordless picture book, which is packaged in a sturdy book format with a padded cover, extra-heavy pages, rounded corners, and a reinforced binding. Little ones will cheer for Woodrow the elephant and his mouse friend while narrating the companions’ tale: a lonely journey; an unlikely encounter; a brave rescue; and a series of adventures, each more exciting than the last. The story will vary with the imagination of each teller, but in the end everyone will agree on one thing: no matter what you are seeking on your journey, the best treasure you can find is a true friend.
**Starred Review** A lively, intelligent variation of full-page illustrations, double-page spreads, and spot vignettes keeps the pace active....A story of adventure and friendship without the boundaries of words, which becomes more personal and satisfying as a consequence.
Unquestionably, there is something quite refreshing in this excitingly new creative direction which Edwards has fully embraced in this latest publication....Woodrow at Sea is a fun-filled tale that offers something new with each reread....A beautiful reminder of the joy of a newfound friendship rooted in kindness, Woodrow at Sea is sure to become an instant favourite. Highly Recommended.
This wordless book could also be called a beginning graphic novel...[A] good exemplar to show children how to create a wordless book (using illustrations to tell a story) as well as a fantastic example of a book that allows for elaboration and multiple interpretations by each reader...[A] strong addition to any library.
The elephant and the mouse went to sea ... and the rest of the story Woodrow at Sea is up to your interpretation of the cute and colorful watercolor illustrations in this wordless book.
The characters are likeable in their animation and the 'plot' finds just the right mix of silly and scary....With this book, Edwards is moving in a different direction...embracing simplicity in his drawings...Woodrow at Sea is a delight.
For a story told with no words, Woodrow at Sea has much to tell. And a lesson in creative thinking and visual literacy would not go amiss here.