Saturday 12 November 2016

Dexter's Journey - Chris d'Lacey and David Roberts

Dexter's Journey
Chris d'Lacey
David Roberts (Illustrator)
Blue Bananas 
A Banana Book
ISBN 9780778708469

Wow, what an amazing little book. This is the 23rd book by Chris d'Lacey that I have read in just over a year. It is also about the 10th I have read with my children. When the package arrived in the mail, my son asked what it was. When I said a book by Chris d'Lacey he was excited, when we opened it he flipped yelling "another blue banana's book, a blue banana's book!" He was pretty pumped. That night we had interviews at school and while visiting the library he mentioned it and the librarian said her old school had all the banana books. So now we are on a quest to not only track down Chris d'Lacey's older out of print books but also the others in the red, yellow or blue banana collections.  

It was interesting when prepping the review for this book I have found five separate editions of this book from three different publishers. And currently only the Library binding is listed as till in print.

This book is based upon a true story, the story of a shipment of rubber ducks that was lost at sea. And then the duck's started showing up all around the world. In this book d'Lacey follows one of the raft of ducks. And as the group is slowly split up the further and further they go. Following Dexter as some are captured by birds and flown to cliffs, other are caught in fishing nets, some captured by Inuit while ice fishing. Until Dexter is floating all alone in the middle of the ocean. You will not believe how Dexter finally finds a home. But to do so you will need to track down the book and read it.

This book is illustrated by David Roberts, the illustrations are similar to some of the other Blue Banana's books we have read but have a unique flair. My son loved going over these illustrations. We read the book twice back to back after opening the envelope and have since read it a few more times. Always pausing to go over the pictures.   

We loved this book so much we have already ordered another copy to donate to our school library. This is an awesome book by an incredible author and part of an excellent series of books for young readers. They are well worth tracking down but it would be great to see them back in print as either physical or ebooks! Thank you Chris d'Lacey for another book my children and I love reading together! 

Books by Chris d'Lacey:
Dragons of Wayward Crescent
Gruffen (2009)
Gauge (2008)
Glade (2009)
Grabber (2010)

The Erth Dragons
The Wearle (2015)
2. Dark Wyng (2016)
3. The New Age (2018) 

The Last Dragon Chronicles with David Rain
The Fire Within (2001)
Icefire (2003)
3 Fire Star (2005)
4 The Fire Eternal (2007)
5 Dark Fire (2009)
6 Fire World (2011)
7 The Fire Ascending (2012)
Rain and Fire: A Guide to the Last Dragon Chronicles (2010)

The Unicorne Files
A Dark Inheritance (2014)
2 Alexander's Army (2015)
3 A Crown of Dragons (2016)

Fly, Cherokee Fly Series
Fly, Cherokee Fly
Pawnee Warrior

Other Books
Henry Spaloosh! 
Shrinking Ralph Perfect
The Snail Patrol
The Table Football League
Riverside United
From E to You
Scupper Hargreaves, Football Genie
The Salt Pirates of Skegness
Falling for Mandy
The Prompter

Picture Books:
A Hole at the Pole
Juggling with Jeremy
A Break in the Chain
Read With Bubble and Float
Dexter's Journey
Frankin's Bear

Contributed to:
On Me ‘ead, Santa
Nice One, Santa
The Usborne Book of Christmas Stories
Heroes and Villains
In the Frame
Midnight Feast

Author Profile and Interview with Chris d'Lacey.

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