I left this book on a table for E to discover on his own, and within minutes he was quietly turning the pages, fully engrossed in this adventure of a little boy, a brave captain and the high seas. It was a little bit of a test, I admit, because the drawings are a mix of incredible water colors and black and white drawings. He took to it immediately and demanded it be read again as soon as we'd finished it ... high praise!
|photo credit: http://www.edwardardizzone.org.uk/|
First published in 1936, there are few facets to this adventure that might not get passed by the censors today (one of the things I like about it). It was Tim's running away from home that confused E the most but we got around that with a little conversation. I'm just waiting for him to ask what 'Davy Jones' locker' means any day now.
Our whole house loves this book and we'll devour the rest of the Tim series as soon as they're safely back on our local library's shelf. Edward Ardizzone had an incredible life and career. He was the first ever winner of the Kate Greenaway medal and he was appointed Official War Artist in Britain in 1940. He was a prolific author and illustrator and I found it fascinating to read about him.