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Shackleton's Journey Hardcover – 3 Feb 2014

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Publisher: Flying Eye Books; 2nd Edition edition (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909263109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909263109
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 1.4 x 31.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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"Mr. Grill's manner of illustration lends itself beautifully to the juxtaposition of early-20th-century human ingenuity and the raw, indifferent power of nature." - "Wall Street Journal"
"A perfect picture book for any would be historian or adventurer. " - "This Picture Book Life"
"Author William Grill does an excellent job telling this story so that the book can be both a resource for a child's book report as well as a captivating picture book for anyone wanting to learn about this expedition. But even more powerful than the narrative are the detailed and dramatic illustrations, done in colored pencils, many which, if framed, would look stunning on a wall. To top it all off, the textured book cover and raw, thick pages make this a book to flaunt on your coffee table or child's bookshelf." - "Wink Books"
"This is a book that will appeal to adult art lovers, picture book fans and history buffs (of which, I fall into all three categories), children and adult alike. The book's large format gives ample space for detailed colored pencil illustrations and the perfect pacing for such a fascinating journey." - "The Eric Carle Museum"
"William Grill's well designed book is the perfect introduction for young readers to get a sense of the Endurance expedition." - "Mindy Rhiger"

One of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2014
"Mr. Grill's manner of illustration lends itself beautifully to the juxtaposition of early-20th-century human ingenuity and the raw, indifferent power of nature." - "Wall Street Journal"
"A perfect picture book for any would be historian or adventurer. " - "This Picture Book Life"
"Author William Grill does an excellent job telling this story so that the book can be both a resource for a child's book report as well as a captivating picture book for anyone wanting to learn about this expedition. But even more powerful than the narrative are the detailed and dramatic illustrations, done in colored pencils, many which, if framed, would look stunning on a wall. To top it all off, the textured book cover and raw, thick pages make this a book to flaunt on your coffee table or child's bookshelf." - "Wink Books"
"This is a book that will appeal to adult art lovers, picture book fans and history buffs (of which, I fall into all three categories), children and adult alike. The book's large format gives ample space for detailed colored pencil illustrations and the perfect pacing for such a fascinating journey." - "The Eric Carle Museum"
"William Grill's well designed book is the perfect introduction for young readers to get a sense of the Endurance expedition." - "Mindy Rhiger"
"An example of the arty but accessible [...], the sketches evoke the feeling of a naturalist's diary with an almost documentary feeling as we peek into the mundane (six months provisions) isolating hardship (crossing the ice fields) and relief (rescue and survival)." -- "Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word"

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2014
Best Children's Book of 2014, Wall Street Journal
Best Children's Book of 2014, Brain Pickings
A 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book
"Mr. Grill's manner of illustration lends itself beautifully to the juxtaposition of early-20th-century human ingenuity and the raw, indifferent power of nature."
"Wall Street Journal"
"A book every house should have."
"The Guardian"
"A magnificent chronicle by emerging illustrator William Grill, whose affectionate and enchanting colored-pencil drawings bring to life the legendary explorer and his historic expedition."
"Brainpickings"
"A perfect picture book for any would be historian or adventurer. "
"This Picture Book Life"
"Author William Grill does an excellent job telling this story so that the book can be both a resource for a child s book report as well as a captivating picture book for anyone wanting to learn about this expedition. But even more powerful than the narrative are the detailed and dramatic illustrations, done in colored pencils, many which, if framed, would look stunning on a wall. To top it all off, the textured book cover and raw, thick pages make this a book to flaunt on your coffee table or child s bookshelf."
"Wink Books"
"This is a book that will appeal to adult art lovers, picture book fans and history buffs (of which, I fall into all three categories), children and adult alike. The book s large format gives ample space for detailed colored pencil illustrations and the perfect pacing for such a fascinating journey." - "The Eric Carle Museum"
"William Grill s well designed book is the perfect introduction for young readers to get a sense of the Endurance expedition." - "Mindy Rhiger"
"An example of the arty but accessible [], the sketches evoke the feeling of a naturalist s diary with an almost documentary feeling as we peek into the mundane (six months provisions) isolating hardship (crossing the ice fields) and relief (rescue and survival)." "Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word""

Winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal
A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2014
Best Children's Book of 2014, Wall Street Journal
Best Children's Book of 2014, Brain Pickings
A 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book
"Mr. Grill's manner of illustration lends itself beautifully to the juxtaposition of early-20th-century human ingenuity and the raw, indifferent power of nature."
"Wall Street Journal"
"A book every house should have."
"The Guardian"
"A magnificent chronicle by emerging illustrator William Grill, whose affectionate and enchanting colored-pencil drawings bring to life the legendary explorer and his historic expedition."
"Brainpickings"
"A perfect picture book for any would be historian or adventurer. "
"This Picture Book Life"
"Author William Grill does an excellent job telling this story so that the book can be both a resource for a child s book report as well as a captivating picture book for anyone wanting to learn about this expedition. But even more powerful than the narrative are the detailed and dramatic illustrations, done in colored pencils, many which, if framed, would look stunning on a wall. To top it all off, the textured book cover and raw, thick pages make this a book to flaunt on your coffee table or child s bookshelf."
"Wink Books"
"This is a book that will appeal to adult art lovers, picture book fans and history buffs (of which, I fall into all three categories), children and adult alike. The book s large format gives ample space for detailed colored pencil illustrations and the perfect pacing for such a fascinating journey." - "The Eric Carle Museum"
"What a remarkable book, and a harrowing story of bravery, endurance and hope! [] Beautifully illustrated and endlessly compelling, it is a tribute to explorers, their bravery and their hopes."
- "Sal's Fiction Addiction"
"William Grill s well designed book is the perfect introduction for young readers to get a sense of the Endurance expedition." - "Mindy Rhiger"
"An example of the arty but accessible [], the sketches evoke the feeling of a naturalist s diary with an almost documentary feeling as we peek into the mundane (six months provisions) isolating hardship (crossing the ice fields) and relief (rescue and survival)." "Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word"
"The meticulously detailed colored pencil illustrations highlight the planning, the departure, the voyage, the rescue efforts, and the successful return of the crew after the loss of the Endurance on the ice."
"Dragon Lode""

Winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal
A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2014
Best Children's Book of 2014, Wall Street Journal
Best Children's Book of 2014, Brain Pickings
A 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book
-Mr. Grill's manner of illustration lends itself beautifully to the juxtaposition of early-20th-century human ingenuity and the raw, indifferent power of nature.-
--Wall Street Journal
-A book every house should have.-
--The Guardian
-A magnificent chronicle by emerging illustrator William Grill, whose affectionate and enchanting colored-pencil drawings bring to life the legendary explorer and his historic expedition.-
--Brainpickings
-A perfect picture book for any would be historian or adventurer. -
--This Picture Book Life
-Author William Grill does an excellent job telling this story so that the book can be both a resource for a child's book report as well as a captivating picture book for anyone wanting to learn about this expedition. But even more powerful than the narrative are the detailed and dramatic illustrations, done in colored pencils, many which, if framed, would look stunning on a wall. To top it all off, the textured book cover and raw, thick pages make this a book to flaunt on your coffee table or child's bookshelf.-
--Wink Books
-This is a book that will appeal to adult art lovers, picture book fans and history buffs (of which, I fall into all three categories), children and adult alike. The book's large format gives ample space for detailed colored pencil illustrations and the perfect pacing for such a fascinating journey.- - The Eric Carle Museum
-What a remarkable book, and a harrowing story of bravery, endurance and hope! [...] Beautifully illustrated and endlessly compelling, it is a tribute to explorers, their bravery and their hopes.-
- Sal's Fiction Addiction
-William Grill's well designed book is the perfect introduction for young readers to get a sense of the Endurance expedition.- - Mindy Rhiger
-An example of the arty but accessible [...], the sketches evoke the feeling of a naturalist's diary with an almost documentary feeling as we peek into the mundane (six months provisions) isolating hardship (crossing the ice fields) and relief (rescue and survival).- -- Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word
-The meticulously detailed colored pencil illustrations highlight the planning, the departure, the voyage, the rescue efforts, and the successful return of the crew after the loss of the Endurance on the ice.-
--Dragon Lode

About the Author

William Grill is a rising star of the British illustration scene. He is a recent graduate of Falmouth University and already has a slew of prizes and exhibitions under his belt. He has contributed to Nobrow 8 magazine and has been commissioned to work for several international companies including: The New York Times and Harrods. Grill's beautiful use of pencil and vibrant hues places him somewhere on the artistic spectrum between Raymond Briggs and David Hockney.


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WOW! What an amazing book. The illustrations are beautiful, the way the story is told is great. I found it so fascinating it left me going away researching more about Shackleton's journey and his crew. I loved all the tiny details in the illustrations that were added into it as well; things like certain people who became well known for catching penguins, or those who were stowaways. It's suitable for adults or older children alike - anyone will like this book really.

This is obviously a very well researched and beautiful thought out book. I can not WAIT to get William Grill's next book.
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If you are obsessed by Shackleton and the golden age of Antarctic exploration (don't worry, you are not alone), this is a good one to give to your 8-12 year old child in order to share and explain your condition. Short texts and lively illustrations tell the Endurance story in brief.
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Wonderfully illustrated, with lots of information presented in a way children will love.
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AS DESCRIBED,. VERY HEAVY GOOD QUALITY BOOK.
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Beautiful!
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2015
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This is a wonderful book, showing the epic journey of how Ernest Shackleton and his team managed to cross the frozen heart of Antarctica. Winner of the AOI Illustration New Talent Award Winner and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, this is something a little special and will appeal to slightly older children (7+ would be my suggestion), especially those interested in non-fiction. This is a very visual read – there is only a small amount of text compared to the illustrations, sometimes only a paragraph or two on each page, so it is ideal for reluctant readers. The illustrations help the reader visualise the sheer expanse of snow and ice, as well as the equipment needed.

The book begins with a potted history of who Shackleton was. As a member of Captain Scott’s famous Discovery expedition (1901-1904) he was always drawn to the unexplored parts of the world. However, once Amundsen reached the South Pole ahead of Scott, he felt that the only challenge left was a crossing of the Antarctic continent, from sea to sea and via the Pole. This is the story of how Shackleton and his crew set out in 1914 to make that expedition.

There are pictures of everything in this book – from every member of the crew, all the dogs, the ship Endurance, all the equipment, maps and a thrilling explanation of everything that happened. If your child has any interest in exploring, factual books or just beautifully illustrated reads, then this has much to explore within its pages. A lovely edition to any child’s bookshelf.
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I've read a lot about the explorers and am no stranger to Shackleton's journeys. This book does a very fine, and entertaining, job of detailing Shackleton's attempt to cross Antarctica by land. This is an oversized picture book suitable for upper-elementary and up. The art is absolutely amazing, using a limited palette of blacks, blues and browns Grill appears to have used pastels or chalks and his use of white space to invoke the emptiness and harshness of the desolate continent is breathtaking. The story is very detailed (including the names of all the crew and 69 dogs) and told in short blocks of text interspersed with the illustrations. The narrative contains quotes from the crew themselves and the narrative voice is entertaining to read. An impressive book, for an introduction to the topic.
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I bought this for my nephew and he loved it. The details the book goes into is awesome and the stylised artwork didn't stop him from learning loads. A fresh take on an old fashioned story.
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