Captain's Log: Snowbound

Captain's Log: Snowbound

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Coming November 6, 2018. Preorder now!

By: Erin Dionne / Illustrated by: Jeffrey Ebbeler

When his Ernest Shackleton report is ironically quashed because of a snowstorm, a school cancellation-celebrating elementary schooler chronicles his adventures at home with hilarious log entries and read-aloud-friendly results.

The Captain's (our young protagonist) belongings start to go missing while homebound due to weather, and humorous attacks and pell-mell mutiny follow. After a series of snow day events, the crew (the Captain's parents), the first mate (his trusty dog), and the scallywag (also known as the younger sibling) are freed from their snowbound home, and the Captain returns to school.

Kids will laugh at the Captain's battle with his siblings, and parents will relate to the antics that ensue when the weather prevents students from heading to class and upsets daily routines and schedules.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Erin Dionne, author

Erin Dionne is the author of several middle-grade novels, including Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting; Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, an Edgar Award nominee; and Notes from an Accidental Band Geek. Her books have been featured in Scholastic book fairs, on state lists, and in major magazines. Erin is an associate professor of liberal arts at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. Captain's Log: Snowbound is her first picture book.

Jeffrey Ebbeler, illustrator

Jeffrey Ebbeler has illustrated more than forty picture books, including the Main Street School series (Looking Glass Library/Random House). He has worked as an art director, done paper engineering for pop-up books, created large scale murals for schools and churches, and sculpted puppets. He currently lives in Cincinnati, OH.

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Editorial Reviews:

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

When a young adventurer is snowed in, his predicament begins to parallel that of the icebound Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. A young boy is all set for a school presentation about Ernest Shackleton's 1914-16 expedition to Antarctica when he gets unexpectedly snowed in by a storm. Taking charge of the ship (his house) and reassuring the crew (his family), the young captain records his adventures, which mirror significant details of Shackleton's infamous voyage, in his captain's log. Full of heart and imagination, the log transforms the family dog into his first mate, neighbors into penguins, and his little brother into a scallywag. The young captain does his best to perform his duties and care for his crew and ship just as Shackleton would have, but when the hardtack (cookie jar) disappears and mutiny threatens, the captain must resort to unorthodox methods to solve the mystery and get back on track. Dionne and Ebbeler have crafted a narrative full of spirit with small aesthetic choices that together capture the exhilaration of exploration and help connect the imaginary to the everyday. Historical details, including a glossary and brief account of Shackleton's treacherous voyage, enrich a story that takes its pretend play very seriously, and a multiracial family and an endearing protagonist of color are welcome inclusions in a predominantly white landscape of adventure tales. Entertaining, informative—utterly delightful.


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-825-6

ISBN: 978-1-63289-683-4 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-63289-684-1 PDF
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Ages: 4-8
Page count: 32
11 x 9

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 2. Standards 1, 3-8, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 3. Standards 1-4, 6-8, 10

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