The Secret of Black Rock (Paperback)Joe Todd-Stanton (illustrator)
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Longlisted for The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018
Erin loves to lie on the jetty, looking for the weirdest fish in the sea - the weirder, the better! And she knows the best ones must be further out, where her mum won't let her go ...
Out there in the deepest sea lies the Black Rock: a huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy any boats that come near it!
Can Erin uncover the truth behind this mysterious legend?
‘Channelling Tove Jansson, Tintin and Japanese anime studio Studio Ghibli, the book’s enchanting, richly coloured illustrations had details to savour in every frame… a young artist to watch’ – The Guardian
Author and Illustrator Joe Todd-Stanton grew up in Brighton. His work as an illustrator includes artwork for books with Oxford University Press and Usborne Publishing before beginning to create and illustrate his own stories, including The Secret of Black Rock and the children's graphic novel, Arthur and the Golden Rope.
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Number of pages: 40
Dimensions: 270 x 230 mm
'The layers of ocean life and the benign Black Rock are beautifully rendered in this wonderfully tactile hardback, while the gently delivered environmental message adds a welcome real-life depth to the modern mythic tale.' - Irish Times
'The gentle environmental message takes on a kind of magic in Todd-Stanton's pictures of Erin suspended in the ocean among incandescent jellyfish or facing down a monstrous, weaponised fishing fleet in the moonlight. A young artist to watch.' - The Guardian
'Todd-Stanton's tale is, at first glance, a deceptively simple tale of acceptance and bravery. However, he deftly infuses his narrative with quiet depth, including a positive ecological slant in which nature wins over machines, and portrays Erin's single mother succeeding in a typically male-dominated profession. The illustrations are dazzling and vibrantly hued, the rich palette just right for the resplendent undersea scenes that adroitly float young readers' sense of magic just under the surface of the mundane. A winner on many levels.' - Kirkus Reviews
'A fairytale world is created that should enchant children as much as the old-fashioned illustrations that fit the story perfectly.' - Youth Services Book Review
'An original picture book story that is superbly illustrated from cover to cover, Joe Todd-Stanton's The Secret of Black Rock is a compelling and entertaining read for children ages 5 to 8, making it an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections.' - Midwest Book Review
'This is an exceptionally illustrated modern folk-tale [...] You will love Erin and her large heart, courage, sense of adventure, and ability to stand up for what she believes in!' - A Story A Day
'This book is truly an amazing read! [...] The illustration is magnificent!' - How Useful It Is