Friday, June 5, 2015

PPBF: Voyage

Today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick

Voyage, by Billy Collins and Karen Romagna
Written by Billy Collins
Illustrated by Karen Romagna
Bunker Hill Publishing, 2014
Ages 5-7, 100 words

Poetry, Imagination

"A boy climbs into a boat /
And pushes off to the open sea"

An ordinary boy goes on an extraordinary adventure. As the boy reads, his reality begins to shift. He is affected by the story, sucked into the story, and ultimately becomes the story. The book circles around to the boy reading the book in the end.
You can watch the trailer below.

What I Love:
Okay, I admit Karen is a friend of mine, so I was excited for the release of this book. But when I read Voyage, I knew I had to share it with the Perfect Picture Book Friday readers. Karen's paintings brings a personal layer to the lyrical story. Billy's text is simple yet deep. This book has an undefinable magical quality which makes reading it an adventure in itself.

Sparkly Cork Sailboats
1. Hear Billy read two of his dog poems on TED Talks. (Note: Please preview the second poem to ensure the mild adult humor is appropriate for your young listener.)
2. Introduce kids to more of Billy's poetry on Poem Hunter.
3. Kathy Temean interview's Karen on her blog.
4. Make deviled eggs boats for snack time courtesy of Heidi Powell.
5. Create floating toy boats with Mama. Papa. Bubba
6. Sales of the book benefit the Library of Congress. Visit their website.
7. Read Voyage at the library or on the new EPIC! app, a digital library for kids.
8. Check out these and more Perfect Picture Books at your local library.

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Have you reviewed a Perfect Picture Book along this theme? Please leave the link in the comments below. Thanks!

Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday
for June 5, 2015 available on Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.


  1. What a beautiful and quiet story to share. It looks like a great adventure for the boy. I enjoyed the video and loved the last illustration where you can see the bright light in the boy''s eyes. I want this book.

  2. All your suggetsions look wonderful!

  3. What wonderful resource and activity suggestions. I love Billy Collins' poetry!

    1. Then be sure to watch the video from the National Book Festival in DC. Billy talks about the man who inspired the poem, Voyage, and he reads it to the audience! Thanks for your kind words.

  4. I love Billy Collins - gotta find this book.

    1. I am embarassed to say I wasn't familiar with his work before Karen introduced me. I'm glad I could introduce you to Karen's work. Enjoy!

  5. Loved your choice this week. I watched through a couple of Billy Collins videos talking about his poems being animated. Great poet. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi, Diane! I'm glad you enjoyed Voyage. I loved hearing the poet read his own work. I am super-excited about tomorrow's review. Shhhh . . . it's a secret!


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