The Boat in the Tree (Hardcover)

By Tim Wynne-Jones, John Shelley (Illustrator)

Front Street, 9781932425499, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2007



The adoption of a little brother sets off a series of fantastical adventures. When Mom and Dad bring home little Simon, their older son resists the idea of a new brother and retreats to a fantasy world. He builds a raft and sails to his own island of Bongadongo, creates an entire fleet of model ships, and, using chewing gum, tries to patch up a real boat that he finds along the shore. Simon is persistent and longs to join his new older brother in the fun. But the boy can take it no longer and runs away to find a ship that will take him far from home. A damaging windstorm, and its aftermath, changes their relationship forever. Tim Wynne-Jones creates a fanciful story of sibling rivalry. John Shelley's illustrations reveal how imagination bridges even the widest gap.

About the Author

Tim Wynne-Joneshas done everything from playing in a hippie band to working full-time ... for at least a year and a half. His other picture books include "Architect of the Moon, The Last Piece of Sky, "and the wildly popular Zoom Trilogy. His novels include "The Boy in the Burning House" and "The Maestro."Helives near Perth, Ontario, Canada.John Shelly is the illustrator of "MVP* "(Front Street), "The Secret in the Matchbox, "and "TheMystery in the Bottle. "In addition to his illustrations for children's books in English, he has illustrated a number of Japanese titles, including a four-volume series of Hans Christian Andersen's tales to commemorate the bicentennial of the author's birth. Mr. Shelley lives with his family in Tokyo, Japan."