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Little Boat

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  11 reviews
One brave little boat is on a journey to discover the seven seas. Setting off into the big, wide world, Little Boat runs into treacherous waters, turbulent tides, and seafaring friends. After all his nautical adventures, our hero finds out that he’s no longer such a little boat.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Templar (first published January 1st 2008)
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Charlotte Gray
I chose to review this book as the cover has a picture of a little boat that has been personified with eyes and a smile as the base and because it has a 3D element which I thought would attract children’s attention.
The story starts with little boat all long in a big ocean, although he can drop his anchor and steer his own course he has to navigate though lots of dangers, storms, waves, monsters and treacherous rocks. However, when the little boat finds his friends he is happy to explore the oce...more
Bambini Travel
This is the story of a little boat that goes on an adventure out on the big sea. Huge waves, sea creatures, and terrible storms. The tiny boat bravely perseveres and succeeds over these obstacles. The adventures are all described with simple text and stunning illustrations. Thomas Docherty beautifully contrasts the smallness of the boat with the immense-ness of the ocean, which parallels the smallness of a young child and the huge world around them. A tale to inspire the braveness in everyone.
Kaye Cloutman
Children with big dreams will love Little Boat. They will truly find a hero in this character. Author Thomas Docherty aims to inspire readers of all ages with his delivery of the ever-changing conditions of the sea and how one should sail onward despite terrible storms, ups and downs, rolling waves, treacherous tides, turbulent waters and giant monsters. Of course Little Boat is more determined because he knows that his strong willpower to thread through these obstacles will ultimately be reward...more
Amy Musser
The small tugboat in this story is just a speck in the big ocean. The little boat may encounter dangerous obstacles, terrible thunderstorms, and enormous sea monsters, but it continues on bravely searching for its sea creature friends. Nothing banishes the unknown and scary elements like a group of good friends. They playfully race around the ocean and never want to stop. In the company of friends, no ocean is too big for this little boat.

The story isn’t particularly complex and the text reads m...more
Shanshad Whelan
I might like this more if the boat in question wasn't a tugboat that "sails" on. Sailing is mentioned twice in this book, but tugboats clearly have no sails.
This is a beautifully designed and illustrated book. Scant on plot it's for kids who just really like boats and want to look at a lovely book.
Not much story, but I like the sense of adventure and some of the illustrations are quite impressive. (The whale!)
Wonderful illustrations. If you like it check out To the Beach which is very cool!
A weet story, with some fun moments and nice illustrations.
Wonderful artwork and an empowering story.
cute little tug...
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Thomas Docherty was born in New Zealand but has spent most of his life in England. He studied metalwork and sculpture and now has a collection of acclaimed picture books. Thomas has been short-listed for a variety of awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009 for Li...more
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