Vibrant art shines in this sweet tale of outdoor adventure and unlikely friendship, from the illustrator of Night Night, Groot!
Boy and Bear both love to explore the outdoors. There are so many neat things to see, and so many strange things to find. These explorers are prepared for anything . . . except each other!
When Bear and Boy meet in the woods, they're scared at first. Really scared. But soon these kings of the wild realize that no mountain is too big to conquer if you have a friend to climb it by your side.
Praise for Explorers of the Wild
"[An] exquisite book . . . [with] ravishing art." -- USA Today
Praise for To the Sea
"A whale's tale that dives deep and surfaces with useful lessons about making, keeping, and helping friends." -- Kirkus Reviews
"An unusual and appealing story about friendship." -- School Library Journal
Atkinson (To the Sea) reveals that the call of the wild isn't limited to humans. "I love to explore! It's my favorite thing to do," the book begins, and it's clear that those sentiments are shared by both a human boy and a small bear. Both have walking sticks, eager smiles, and curious personalities, and when Atkinson writes that "explorers are prepared for everything," parallel thought balloons show off their respective supplies: a camera, notebook, and flashlight for the boy, while the bear relies on a vine, fireflies, and stone tablets (both pack snacks). When the explorers meet, the nervousness is mutual, but they quickly recognize each other as kindred spirits, and the narration shifts accordingly: "Together, we found things to touch, things to see, things to hear." Atkinson creates an invitingly verdant forest, radiant with golden sunlight and jammed with things to discover, including lizards underneath logs and not-so-tasty slugs. Beyond celebrating what nature has to offer, Atkinson leaves readers with the tantalizing and valuable idea that exploration of any kind, whether in the wilderness or not, can turn "I" to "we." Ages 3 5.