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How It Feels to Be a Boat

James Kwan


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Sometimes being a boat is full of adventures and it's nothing but smooth sailing on the high seas, but sometimes arguing passengers can take you off course. When you run aground, will their teamwork give you the strength to make it through? Offbeat and imaginative, James Kwan gives us a glimpse of what it’s like to not only be a boat, but what it is to be human in both gentle and rough waters.
      Perfect for life’s transitions, this book tackles taking on change and indecision with grace, humor, and heart. It’s a reassuring reminder to stay the course through all kinds of stormy weather. Ahoy, ahoy!

Praise For How It Feels to Be a Boat

★  "This poignant yet lighthearted affirmation asserts the uniqueness of each individual and reassures readers that while life is complex, sometimes messy, and even occasionally catastrophic, it is all part of the journey. While the topic may seem a bit mature or daunting for very young readers, the story has such quirky sparkle that even if readers don't quite get its meaning, they will be delighted with its sense of playfulness." —Kirkus, starred review

"Visionary and unique, this is the sort of book one could never predict, but one whose resonance is impossible to deny." —Horn Book

"A sophisticated allegory for the curveballs life lobs and the way we respond, it’s tailor-made for family conversations." —PW

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544715332, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 4, 2017

About the Author

James Kwan is an animator and illustrator based in Los Angeles, with a BFA from Pratt Institute. His stop motion film MOOON has played in festivals around the world and won awards. Visit him at