The Boy Who Built the Boat

The Boy Who Built the Boat


By (author) Ross Mueller, Illustrated by Craig Smith

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 226mm x 8mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 23 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 1741755883
  • ISBN 13: 9781741755886
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 122,566

Product description

Henry sets out to build a boat one day. He has a hammer and a saw and a sister and a Teddy and a shed full of big ideas. With a buoyant, rhythmic text, ideal for reading aloud, The Boy Who Built the Boat celebrates the simple joy of making things, is a delight to read aloud and perfect for fathers and sons to share.

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Author information

Author Ross Mueller is a writer, performer, musician and teacher. He has travelled to schools throughout Victoria, Australia, with the Living Poets Society, bringing writing to life in performance and song. His work has been produced by prestigious theatres across Australia and has been adapted for ABC Radio Drama. Mueller's plays have been nominated for numerous awards and Steel & Rust was awarded Best Music Theatre at the 1997 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Illustrator Craig Smith has illustrated over 300 books in a 30-year career. He was once a rust scraper on the Sydney Harbour Bridge but is now one of Australia's most popular illustrators with a style that is energetic, individual, carefully observed and full of life and humour. His witty, humorous artwork is enormously popular with children combining a wonderful sense of the absurd with a fine eye for detail.

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'a pleasure to read with a stop-start rhythm that builds up momentum...Craig Smith's illustrations are delightful, full of incidental details that...beautifully capture the big adventure childhood makes of the smallest things.' Junior Bookseller and Publisher'a delight to read aloud.'Practical ParentingSeptember 2006'Ross Mueller finds poetry in the tools needed to put the boat together...character-driven illustrations, composed with film-like angles and perspectives, make the project look easy and fun.' Weekend Australian27-28 May 2006