Friday, December 16, 2016

2016 CYBILS PICTURE BOOK NOMINEE REVIEW: Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson

TITLE: Explorers of the Wild
AUTHOR: Cale Atkinson
PUBLISHER:  Disney/Hyperion
FLAP COPY: No mountain is too tall if you have a friend by your side to climb it.

REVIEW: From the onset of this picture book journey, I was captivated by the cover, and wanted to explore the wild with these charming characters. I opened the book to a wonderful flap copy which shares a profound and inspiring truth, and something to keep focus on all your life, from young to old.

As I traveled on in this book and got to know these characters, I appreciated that they were so different but came together through their common love of exploration. It's great that unbeknownst to each other, they carried the same wants and same fears, but were open to considering the facts, and then very quickly moved past the fears to focus on their similarities. So many good subtle messages woven into this story!

Vancouver native Cale Atkinson's art is absolutely adorable and plush with details. And who would want to turn the page to see what other situations these friends encountered?

This book truly celebrates friendship and all the ways in can enhance your experiences and life. The ending is particularly satisfying and demonstrates how a little one might hold on to memories and cherish them.

A fantastic journey! 4 out of 5 Stars.

NOTE: The reviews stated herein are my own, despite receiving a copy of this book as a 2016 Cybils Panelist.




  1. Great review! I really loved this book. The illustrations were so adorable!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, My Word Playground, Kate ~ so nice to see you here!