Monday, December 8, 2014

Shackleton's Journey by William Grill




Shackleton's Journey by William Grill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I've read a lot about the explorers and am no stranger to Shackleton's journeys. This book does a very fine, and entertaining, job of detailing Shackleton's attempt to cross Antarctica by land. This is an oversized picture book suitable for upper-elementary and up. The art is absolutely amazing, using a limited palette of blacks, blues and browns Grill appears to have used pastels or chalks and his use of white space to invoke the emptiness and harshness of the desolate continent is breathtaking. The story is very detailed (including the names of all the crew and 69 dogs) and told in short blocks of text interspersed with the illustrations. The narrative contains quotes from the crew themselves and the narrative voice is entertaining to read. An impressive book, for an introduction to the topic.



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