Cover image for Float / Daniel Miyares.
Float / Daniel Miyares.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some colour) ; 19 x 27 cm
"Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain"-- Provided by publisher.
Audience/Reading Level:
Ages 4-8.


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MIY Book Easy Collection

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A boy's small paper boat--and his large imagination--fill the pages of this wordless picture book, a modern-day classic from the creator of Pardon Me! that includes endpaper instructions for building a boat of your own.

A little boy takes a boat made of newspaper out for a rainy-day adventure. The boy and his boat dance in the downpour and play in the puddles, but when the boy sends his boat floating down a gutter stream, it quickly gets away from him.

So of course the little boy goes on the hunt for his beloved boat--and when the rain lets up, he finds himself on a new adventure altogether.

This seemingly simply story from Daniel Miyares is enriched with incredible depth and texture that transcend words.

Author Notes

Daniel Miyares has illustrated books such as Bambino and Mr. Twain and Waking Up is Hard to Do . Pardon Me! was his first adventure as an author/illustrator, followed by Float . He earned a BFA in illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2002 and has since worked for Hallmark Cards Inc. Daniel currently lives near Kansas City with his lovely wife and their two small children.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the opening scene of Miyares's (Pardon Me!) wordless story, two pairs of hands-one big, one small-fold newspaper into origami boats. In the spreads that follow, a boy in a yellow slicker ventures outside and waits for a downpour to end before launching his boat, which is instantly carried away by the swiftly flowing water. It slips down a storm drain, and when the boy reaches it at last, the once-proud craft is a sodden mess. At home, his father welcomes him with a hug, then holds a blow-dryer up to the boy's wet hair. In an unexpectedly lovely moment, the boy grins widely as his hair blows sideways; readers sense his pleasure and relief. The warmth of his father's care renews the boy, and he sets off for another adventure. Skilled draftsmanship and smart pacing distinguish Miyares's visual storytelling. Seen against streets and houses of slate gray, the boy's yellow slicker is the only bright color, underlining the sense that he's in a world of his own. It's a moment of childhood captured in multiple dimensions. Ages 4-8. Agent: Studio Goodwin Sturges. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

The joys, fears, and frustrations of exploration -- as well as the safety, support, and love of home -- are examined in this wordless story. Using inspiration from the newspaper, a boy and his caregiver (the only two characters in the narrative) together fold a paper boat. When the boy takes it outside to play, he pretends to sail the boat around the neighborhood. After a downpour, it floats for real -- first in a puddle and then out of the boys grasp into a sewer grate. Bereft, he returns home to find care and coziness: a loving hug, dry clothes, and a warm mug of cocoa. Soon after, our hero ventures out again into a bright yellow day, with a freshly folded paper airplane. This time, he embraces the moment when he can set his creation free. With a limited color palette of mostly grays and yellows, each scene is full of reflection, shadow, and texture. The characters are composed of distinct planes of color and appear layered, as if folded out of paper, reinforcing the tactile topic and theme. Miyaress strong command of perspective and line produces a comfortable suspense between panels and delivers a visual tale of a small moment made spectacular in the eyes of a child. Endpapers supply directions for readers to make their own paper boats and airplanes. elisa gall (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.