Rogerio Coelho has illustrated more than 100 books in Brazil, where he lives, and he won Brazil's top literary prize, the Jabuti Award, in 2012. He illustrates for children's magazines internationally, including Storytime Magazine in England. He conceived Boat of Dreams while spending a few winter days with his children in a coastal Brazilian village, surrounded by a beautiful but gray landscape. The boy and the man appeared instantly in his imagination, but it took him almost seven years to complete the book. "The story became much bigger than my first concept, but I could not find ways to tell it otherwise," he says. "When walking toward the future I never forget to look back, and I always see a boy who loves to draw. And when I look ahead, I can't see another picture than this."
"This wordless, 80-page picture book opens with an elderly man
waking up. He goes outside and we discover he lives at the seaside.
After a floating bottle beaches, he opens it to find a piece of
paper. He begins to draw: a picture of a boat. He places the paper
back in the bottle and returns it to the sea. The action then
shifts to a city, where a small boy finds an envelope at his
doorstep. Inside is the drawing. And we watch as the boy draws a
crude picture of himself inside the boat. The next thing we know,
he is aboard it, flying to the old man. When he arrives, they
embrace; the boy hands the man the envelope, and flies off. Inside
the envelope is the picture the boy has drawn. Fin. This
strange story is drawn in gorgeous, full bleed, sepia-toned,
sharp-angled Expressionist style, like storyboards for a Tim Burton
film. But what does it mean? Some readers may postulate that the
boy and man are the same person, separated only by age. After all,
there are many parallels between the characters. Others may
interpret it is simply an evocative dream. Whatever it is, it's a
wonderful invitation to imagine. What could be better than
that?" -- Michael Cart - Booklist Starred Review
Stunning stylized sepia artwork on full pages and in panels
illustrates this wordless story. Verdict: Intriguing images and
interpretations abound, offering readers lots to pore over and
ponder. A lovely choice.
There is an old man who lives on the beach. One day he sees a bottle with a paper in it. But the paper is blank. So he draws a really cool, steampunk-like boat. Then he puts it back in the bottle and sends it back into the ocean. Then the boy gets a letter, and it is the man's drawing. The boy draws a picture of him and his cat on the boat, then he tapes the picture over his bed and goes to sleep. When he is sleeping, he has a dream that he is going to see the man, and he is sailing to see him in the boat.
The book doesn't have any words, so you have to make up the
story yourself. The pictures are really beautiful and I really like
them even thought they aren't very colorful. They make you think it
is like a dream. You don't really know if the old man is the boy's
grandfather, but they are happy to see each other. There are a lot
of details in the pictures, like the old man's house is full of
drawings and maybe inventions and lots of old things. 5/5