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A Kirkus Starred Review for Woodrow at Sea by Wallace Edwards!

January 16th, 2018

“Edwards’ watercolor-and-ink illustrations are deceptively simple without fancy visual angles or digital effects—but it is this simplicity that creates and supports the story’s authentic, heartfelt ingenuousness. A lively, intelligent variation of full-page illustrations, double-page spreads, and spot vignettes keeps the pace active….A story of adventure and friendship without the boundaries of words, which becomes more […]

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Woodrow at Sea “is a fun-filled tale that offers something new with each reread” says CM Magazine

January 8th, 2018

“Unquestionably, there is something quite refreshing in this excitingly new creative direction which Edwards has fully embraced in this latest publication. Although almost entirely unrecognizable from his previous drawings, the illustrations in Woodrow at Sea are masterpieces in and of themselves. Through the introduction of softer hues and unembellished characters, Edwards creates a dynamic contrast between visual […]

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Woodrow at Sea “is a delight” says Quill & Quire

December 8th, 2017

“Woodrow at Sea is another ocean-faring adventure story, this time about an elephant and mouse on separate but strikingly similar journeys…The characters are likeable in their animation and the ‘plot’ finds just the right mix of silly and scary….With this book, [Wallace] Edwards is moving in a different direction, forgoing his rich, deep-coloured palette for one […]

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Alohamora Open a Book gives Elephant Journey a 4.5 Star Review

December 8th, 2016

“Did you know an elephant’s trunk has more than 60,000 muscles? This is just one of many things I learned from this fantastic book. Elephant Journey: The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity by Rob Laidlaw is a great non-fiction picture book. That means it is a great book with true facts, […]

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The Booklist Reader calls Elephant Journey: The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and Their Rescue from Captivity a “fascinating picture book”

September 22nd, 2016

Laidlaw, an animal protection activist, tells the story in this fascinating picture book. It took enormous effort, careful planning, the construction of special crates, a flotilla of semi trucks, and a summit of animal experts. The long journey was packed with tension. Illustrator Brian Deines based his lovely oil paintings on photographs of the elephants’ […]

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Elephant Journey “A sensitive account of animal activism and rehabilitation”—Publishers Weekly

March 21st, 2016

“Born in southern Africa, elephants Toka and Iringa were later captured and brought to a Toronto zoo; a third elephant, Thika, was born in captivity. When the zoo’s cramped conditions and cold climate began to impair the elephants’ heath, public outcry resulted in their 2013 relocation to a California sanctuary. In subdued oil paintings, Deines […]

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Elephant Journey nominated for Hackmatack Award

March 18th, 2016

Elephant Journey: The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity, written by Rob Laidlaw and Illustrated by Brian Deines, has been nominated for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award. Elephant Journey is an account of the road travelled by Toka, Thika, and Iringa, three African elephants, from the Toronto Zoo to the […]

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