As his doggy friends watch from the shore, too afraid to join him, brave Captain Olly embarks on a hazardous journey to America in a rubber dinghy alone. This humorous tale of courage and perseverance in the face of adversity is written in an engaging rhyming style. The story shows children that, to achieve your goals, it’s important to properly weigh the risks and plan accordingly.
Robert Gernhardt (1937-2006) was born in Tallinn, Estonia, and studied painting and German in Stuttgart and Berlin. As an author and illustrator, he was one of the cofounders of the New Frankfurt School and became one of the best-known satirists in Germany. He won several awards for his work, including the Erich Kästner Prize.
Philip Waechter was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1968. When he left school, he studied communications design and illustration at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. Since 1996, he has worked as a freelance illustrator and has many publications to his name, including a large number of picture books by well-known authors such as Kirsten Boie. In 2001, his work earned him a place in the International Youth Library’s “White Ravens” Catalogue.
Age Range: 5-7
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