Stella Blackstone has written many popular titles for Barefoot Books, including the Bear and Cleo series, An Island in the Sun (PB: 978-1-84148-194-4), Secret Seahorse (PB: 978-1-84148-876-9; BB: 978-1-90523-614-5) and Who Are You, Baby Kangaroo? (BB: 978-1-90523-618-3). Stella lives with her family in Somerset.Siobhan Bell began selling her pictures and artwork five years ago and now works as a full time textile artist, selling through various galleries. She creates her trademark bright colours by purchasing sheets before hand-dying them. Siobhan lives in Somerset with her young son. She has also worked with Barefoot Books on We All Go Travelling By (PB with CD: 978-1-84148-880-6).
PreS-In this simple concept book, two youngsters and a Dalmatian set out on a raft, calling readers: "All aboard! Come along with me!/Let's see what shapes we can find on the sea." They come across many exotic scenes-including a pirate ship, a fantastic sea monster, and a green submarine-and invite children to search for nine basic shapes. The directions are consistently straightforward: "Can you count all of these triangles?" "What are the shapes of these sails?" The minimal text is paired with colorful, eye-catching artwork made from fabric collages that radiate across the spreads. Although the patterned, patchwork ocean is occasionally a bit overwhelming, children will enjoy searching the briny depths for the little fish and sea creatures hidden there.-Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Blackstone takes a welcome departure from rhyming in her latest, a look at shapes. A boy and girl go to sea on a raft to see how many different shapes they can find...Bell's artwork is a phenomenal display of needlework. The ocean is a patchwork quilt in shades and patterns of blues; bright colors abound and youngsters will especially enjoy the variety of sea creatures. An addition to the concepts shelf that stands out for its unique artwork." -- Kirkus Review "Kirkus Review"