Picture Book Review and Giveaway! Beyond the Reef, by Scott Sweeney


Beyond the Reef, by Scott Sweeney
Bluewater is a cozy village surrounded by the sea. There are hundreds of seabirds, many fishermen, the occasional vacationer, and oh yes boats. This is the story about three young boats, Roy the rowboat, Karen the canoe, and Sally the sailboat. Roy the rowboat is an orphan, who never knew what happened to his parents. The three friends spent their days frolicking in the bay that surrounds their village, until one day when they decided to set out in quest of what became of Roy the row boats parents. Quickly they decided that the answer to this mystery lies somewhere out beyond the reef. Do the three friends heed the warnings of their elders too “NEVER EVER GO BEYOND THE REEF”? Do they find out what happened to Roy’s parents? The answer to this my friend does lie “Beyond The Reef!”

Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse (December 5, 2007)

About the Author/Illustrator:
I’m a husband, dad, businessman, sailor and a writer.

My Thoughts:
This is a sweet story about an orphan learning the value of boundaries while discovering the fate of his parents. I liked that he never broke the rules by leaving the reef, but sought his answers within the boundaries set by his foster parents.  

While I loved the illustrations, the cover doesn’t match the rest of the book. Both are really good in their own right, but are completely different styles. I felt like the book needed to be either longer or shorter. It needed to be edited down (word count, page count was fine) or lengthened into an early chapter book. 


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    March 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    This sounds sweet and the cover is gorgeous

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    March 10, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Love all your book reviews. This book sounds interesting.

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    March 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    This reminds me so much of Thomas the Tank Engine. I think there is also a tugboat type of show or book that this also reminds me of. I like that he finds out his truth safely within his home. The different illustrations are so weird… Why would they even do that?

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      March 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      A lot of times artists do it and don't even realize that they've done it. I've done it before. He probably wanted a pretty cover image and didn't realize that by creating it in a different style would throw people off.

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