Up the Creek (Life in the Wild) (Hardcover)
Kids Can Press, 9781894786324, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2013
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As with his other popular books in the Life in the Wild series, featuring these three lovable animal characters, author-illustrator Nicholas Oldland has created a funny romp of a picture book adventure for young children that will be a favorite choice in the classroom. Oldland's distinctive, simple and playful artwork tells much of the tale on its own, with lots of visual humor in the characters' facial expressions and the numerous asides throughout. At its core, this is a fun, contemporary fable that champions the importance of teamwork, cooperation and communication while also promoting the joys to be found in nature, specifically the wilder parts of the outdoors. This book could serve as an introduction to discussions on animals and their environments in the early grades as well.
About the Author
Nicholas Oldland earned a degree in fine arts at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, and enjoyed success as a commercial artist and filmmaker before taking up the role of creative director at Hatley, a popular apparel company. Big Bear Hug is his first picture book.
Praise For Up the Creek (Life in the Wild)…
Storytimers and newly independent readers alike will enjoy this trio's continuing adventures.—Kirkus Reviews
Oldland's simple text and spare illustrations keep the story moving at a good pace ... The story addresses friendship, animals, humor, the outdoors, and cooperation.—School Library Journal
It's seriously goofy and at times even silly, but still we can't get enough of this book.—Globe and Mail