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Boats for Papa

Boats for Papa

Jessixa Bagley

Roaring Brook Press



Roaring Brook Press

Roaring Brook Press

On Sale: 06/30/2015

ISBN: 9781626724747

40 Pages, Ages 4-7

Buckley and his Mama live in a cozy cabin by the ocean. He loves to carve boats out of the driftwood he finds on the beach nearby.
He makes:

big boats
long boats
short boats and
tall boats,

each one more beautiful than the last, and sends them out to sea. If they don't come back, he knows they've found their way to his papa, whom he misses very much.
In this stunning debut, author/illustrator Jessixa Bagley explores the subtle and deep emotions associated with loss in a heartwarming tale that is sure to stay with the reader long after the book is closed.

A Neal Porter Book

ALSC Notable Children's Books, Kansas State Reading Circle, Boston Globe Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

Praise for Boats for Papa

“Heartbreaking and hopeful, innocent and wise, a gentle story about healing and finding connection-both in the past and present.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The pacing is exquisite as Buckley absorbs and reacts to this information, recognizing and expressing love in return. These two will persevere in the tender journey of life. Reassuring, consoling, and lovely.”—Booklist

“The only thing better than this title for anyone who has experienced loss is the redemptive nature of time.”—School Library Journal

“A deeply empathic story with an accomplished sense of place. In beautiful tones of blue and brown, she immerses readers in the coastal world where Buckley and his mother are trying to make sense of their lives.”—Publishers Weekly

"…enchanting…Bagley mixes dreamy watercolors and fine-grained, lovingly detailed pen-and-ink drawing, creating a paradoxical mood that's both adorable and heartbreaking."—The New York Times Book Review


Jessixa Bagley

Jessixa Bagley is an author and illustrator originally from Portland, Oregon. She spent many days in her childhood combing the Oregon Coast for the perfect sand dollar. Now, she lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband in a castle in the sky. Boats for Papa is Jessixa's first picture book.

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