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“This gorgeous, eye-opening adventure is an engrossing reading experience that proudly touts curiosity and finding friendship in kindred spirits.

- Booklist (Starred review)

“A beautifully composed package filled with whimsy and wisdom —the story of this unique vessel will inspire and entertain thoughtful listeners.”

- Kirkus (Starred Review)

  • Parents Choice Recommended

  • A Junior Library Guild Selection

  • An IndieNext Pick

  • Amazon’s Picture Book of the Year

  • A Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2017

  • A Chicago Public Library’s Best Picture Book of 2017

  • Winner of a 2017 Nerdy Book Club Award for Fiction Picture Books

  • Shortlisted for Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award

  • Chosen as a 2018-2019 Great Words, Great Works title by the Scripps National Spelling Bee

  • Named to the Evanston Library’s 2017 List of 101 Best Books for Children

  •  Northern California Independent Booksellers Association 2018 Picture Book of the Year

  • 4 Starred Reviews (Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, Quill & Quire)


Antlered Ship

Make your own

“Slater (Escargot) creates a story to lose oneself in, an adventure packed with risk and possibility.”

– Publishers Weekly, *Starred Review

“The ocean adventure is equal parts mundane (reading maps, making stew) and dramatic (stormy weather, pirate attack, treacherous rocks). While this motley crew of sailors – there is also a gang of lazy pigeons on board – could have been written for humorous effect, Slater keeps the text contemplative. . . The reader feels compelled to linger with the pictures, making The Antlered Ship the opposite of a page-turner – in this case, a very good thing.”

– Quill & Quire, *Starred Review

“Slater’s adventure narrative is an epic journey with a classic feel, perfectly scaled for a picture-book audience. The straightforward text is lyrical, rhythmic, and begs to be read aloud. . . Marco’s discovery that the world is full of questions, but not always answers, is at once profound and entirely accessible to young audiences.”

– School Library Journal

“While Marco may not find the answers to all, or indeed any, of his questions, he does come to think that perhaps the answers are secondary to the questions themselves. And if the journey is indeed the destination, then it is made even better in the company of curious — in every sense of the word — companions. Featuring maps for endpapers and dramatic tableaux throughout, this feels like a book you might discover at the bottom of a dusty attic trunk.”

–The Horn Book Magazine

“The Antlered Ship, with its elegant, intricate, and bewitching illustrations, is an extraordinary and inspiring picture book. Slater’s precise and sensitive storytelling paired with The Fan Brother’s spellbinding and breathtaking artwork gives us a completely captivating experience.”

–The Picture Book Review

“This collaboration between Dashka Slater and The Fan Brothers, The Antlered Ship, is one adventure you want to have repeatedly. Their journey of discovery… is a tale to hold in your heart.”

– Librarian’s Quest

“Visually stunning, The Antlered Ship takes readers on an unforgettable fantasy high seas adventure. With friendship, questions, and the need for answers, readers of all ages will enjoy jumping into the world of this whimsical picture book.”

–Mundie Kids

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