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I'll Catch You If You Fall by [Mark Sperring, Layn Marlow]

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I'll Catch You If You Fall Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 29 ratings

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This nautical-themed British import reassures children everywhere that there is always someone watching over them. This picturesque book starts by asking, “Who will keep the boy safe?” as a young boy in a yellow raincoat reaches perilously over the edge of a boat with a net. “‘I will’, said his mother. ‘I will hold him close…and never let him lean too far.’” The text then goes on to ask who will keep both of them safe, along with the boat and then a star. The true standouts in this book are the bright watercolor and digital illustrations. The impressive storm seascapes in particular will mesmerize both children and adults. This picture book could be used in a sea-themed storytime, as well as a storytime about feelings. The book’s theme and tone are also broad enough that caregivers could adapt it to their own anxious children’s concerns. VERDICT- A general purchase for most libraries.–BrookeNewberry, La Crosse Public Library, WI (School Library Journal January 1, 2016)

A little boy on aperilous adventure at sea needs someone to see him safely home. The firstdouble-page spread introduces a little boy in a yellow slicker and sou'wester,leaning precariously from a boat and dragging a net through the water. Thecharming, digitally rendered illustrations feature a lighthouse in the distanceand a welcoming harbor with a dog keeping watch on the water. Large black textundulates like a wave across the page, asking: "Who will keep the boysafe?" With a turn of the page, his mother answers: "I will….I willhold him close…and never let him lean too far." But who will keep themboth safe? The boat's captain will. And who will keep the boat safe? A starwill guide it through a storm and safely back to harbor. Finally, the questionscome to rest in a way that gently empowers the boy at the heart of the storyand recalls its opening scene. Who will keep the star safe? "I will,"says the little boy, now holding his red net out his window: "I will leanout my window, but not too far… / and catch you if you fall." Marlow'sillustrations reveal a quaint, North Atlantic coastal setting; all charactersare white, and both the boat's captain and the little boy (under his slicker)sport cozy fisherman-knit sweaters. This sentimental story of a return voyagecarries an important message—let's all take care of one another. (Picture book.2-5) (Kirkus Reviews December 15, 2015)

In this reassuring picture book, a child in a boat asks who will watch over him. His mother prevents him from leaning too far overboard, but then the child wonders who will keep them both safe. “I will steer the boat and keep a watch,” asserts the captain. The child then kicks the question up another notch: Who will keep the entire ship safe? A star in the night sky promises to guide the boat back home to safe harbor, but “Who will keep me safe?” The boy promises to catch the star should it take a tumble. Brief sentences in an oversized font stand out against detailed illustrations, and the main characters are featured in bright, attention-getting primary colors. There’s no anxiety or mounting sense of doom, so this is suitable for even the youngest audiences. The action takes place at night, and the muted, dreamy background colors are reminiscent of a bedtime story, but this comforting message will be welcome in any setting at any time. — Kathleen McBroom (Booklist February 1, 2015)

About the Author

Mark Sperring is the author of The Sunflower Sword, Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step, and Green. He is a bookseller with a huge wealth of knowledge of the children’s market. Mark lives in Bristol, England.

Layn Marlow grew up in Essex, England. After studying history of art at Reading University, Layn began her career working for the library service. She lived in Belgium for several years but it was on her return to the UK that she enrolled as a mature student at Southampton University and received a first class degree in illustration.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00Z7C17EE
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 15, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 15, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 23036 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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    4.6 out of 5 stars 29 ratings

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