Published by Simon and Schuster
Summary: Finn misses his grandfather, who used to tell him stories about where the sky meets the sea. To honor him on what would have been his 90th birthday, Finn decides to build a boat. It’s hard work, and he falls asleep. When he awakens, he discovers he has set sail, and is led by a huge golden ship to different islands, filled with oversized library books and seashells. Finally, he reaches the place where the ocean meets the sky, and is carried into the clouds, where he sails among other boats, hot air balloons, and a huge blue whale. He sees his grandfather’s face in the full moon, before he is gently brought back to reality by his mother’s voice calling him to dinner. Did he really travel, or was it all a dream? 48 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Oh, those Fan Brothers…one day they will win their Caldecott! (Or are they Canadian, and ineligible? Answer in the comments if you know, so I can stop rooting for them if that’s the case.) The precise, detailed illustrations are beyond imaginative, creating a world for readers to pore over and savor.
Cons: The story seemed a little stilted compared to the illustrations.