October 1, 2014

Morgan's Boat Ride

Morgan's Boat Ride
by Hugh MacDonald
pictures by Anna Bald

A bored little girl gets into a leaky rowboat and drifts out to sea. The people she passes along the way - a couple digging for clams, a fisherman, some big kids, a sailor - shout warnings to her that she never hears. So why does this book leave me with a feeling of meh? Nothing really happens. Morgan happily waves to everyone she passes and is eventually rescued, all without a clue that she was ever in danger. Maybe if the boat had actually sunk, or if the birds had sounded the alarm (the cover illustration implies a more fantastical adventure), it would have been more interesting. As it is, the pictures are better than the words.

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