The Not-So-Faraway Adventure

Andrew Larsen
Irene Luxbacher

“Theo's Poppa was an explorer. He had been everywhere. He kept an old trunk packed with the pictures, postcards, maps and menus that he had collected on his adventures.” Someday, Theo wants to be an explorer, too. For now, it's Poppa's birthday, and Theo has planned a special trip to the beach with him to celebrate. They plot out their course on a map they've drawn and then take the streetcar to the local beach, where they stroll in the sand, hunt for stones and slurp gazpacho at the beachside restaurant. It's a perfect day, and Theo is so happy to have given Poppa just the right gift. But best of all, Theo has also had her first lesson in being an explorer: you don't have to travel far from home to have an adventure!

In this heartwarming picture book, popular author Andrew Larsen has created a rich story that captures the magic of turning an ordinary day into an adventure. The closeness between Theo and Poppa is touching, and offers a terrific opportunity for classroom discussions about family relationships. The emphasis on discovering the world right outside your door is a wonderful springboard for projects in which children can do the same in their own communities. With subtle and imaginative details in the cityscape, the beach and Poppa's home, Irene Luxbacher's fresh and expressive illustrations add depth to the story. The endearing Poppa and Theo also star in The Imaginary Garden, written and illustrated by the same creators.

978-1-77138-097-3 | Apr 1, 2016
List Price: USD $16.95, CAD $18.95
4-color 10 x 9 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-77138-704-0 | Apr 1, 2016
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

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Awards & Reviews

“This is a sweet and visually appealing story about a girl and her love for her grandfather.”
— School Library Journal, February 2016
“This quiet, sweet story is a gift for all ...”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, February 2016
“... a heartwarming tale of the bonding of two generations through shared memories.”
— CM Magazine, April 2016
“Andrew Larsen has written an endearing intergenerational story filled with loving interactions, nostalgic echoes and simple pleasures.”
— Canadian Children's Book News, August 2016
“... this will be a much loved book.”
— Resource Links, October 2016
2016 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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