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The Long Island

(Travel Books for Kids, Children's Adventure Books)

Drew Beckmeyer


List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Some of us like the comfort of familiarity—staying close to the home we've always known, making a life, building a community. For some, the intimacy of the old routine is satisfaction itself. But the known is not for everyone. When our 5 protagonists get to wondering what's on the other side of their island, they can't stop until they find out. What follows is an epic journey of discovery, danger, imagination, and ultimately, bittersweet fulfillment. Is this sophisticated picture book about man versus earth? Man versus man? Or man versus self? Like our protagonists, every reader will find their own right answer in this haunting and deceptively simple modern fable.

Praise For The Long Island: (Travel Books for Kids, Children's Adventure Books)

"Beautiful and skillful. Daring. Every reader may come away from this curious and quiet book with a different message, and the deeper meanings are an intriguing challenge to parse." -Kirkus Reviews

"Feels a bit like a fable." --Geek Dad

"Reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are in its spare prose and powerful imagery, it's a book that takes your breath away - before leading to deep discussions about the tantalizing unknowns in our world." —Fatherly

"Rich discussions will arise after reading." -Publishers Weekly

"A lighthearted look at imaginative play and friendship, perfect for storytime or readers' theater productions." -School Library Journal

"Different readers will finish this simple yet sophisticated book with different lessons in mind, but all readers will experience the thrill of discovery and imagination."-School Library Journal

Chronicle Books, 9781452154855, 64pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

About the Author

Drew Beckmeyer is an elementary school art teacher. He lives in Los Angeles, California. This is his first book.