Book Buzz: The Greatest Adventure
The Greatest Adventure
Written and illustrated by Tony Piedra
Ages 3-7, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
With the spring now in full swing, school letting out for the summer is coming soon. Time to go on as many adventures as possible during the summer months. Tony Piedra’s The Greatest Adventure is just the ticket to get young minds ready for setting out into the unknown.
The story begins with Eliot’s love for adventure. He loves it so much, he can’t get enough of it. Many afternoons are filled with his day dreaming. They take him on one adventure after another. Even though he lives in the big city, his paper boat and his imagination spirit him away on high sea cruises where he meets wild beasts that lurk in the shadows. However, sooner or later, the world interrupts his reverie.
Eliot wants something real, an adventure that isn’t just in his imagination. El Capitán, his Grandfather, has a boat, the Hispaniola. He regales Eliot with stories of jungle rivers and sailing over the deep dark seas.
Eliot is all in. He wants to go with El Capitán on a real adventure, too! So El Capitán leads Eliot on an adventure in the big city. But Eliot isn’t happy with that kind of adventure. He had grown up in the big city after all and is quite used to its sites and sounds. He wants jungles, sharks and whales! What he really wants is an adventure on the Hispaniola.
When El Capitán shows Eliot that the Hispaniola is no longer sea-worthy and is for sale, that doesn’t stop Eliot from wanting to go ahead with repairs. What they discover together is an adventure that neither would soon forget.
Piedra’s remarkable illustrations, digitally created in Photoshop, beckon the eye to discover artistic elements that wordlessly advance the story. The color will entrance young readers (and those being read to) and invite them to go on adventures of their own. All it takes is a little imagination.