You know it's a great picture book when you wish it were a novel. I would have gobbled up each page as a chapter. The illustrations are both playful and beautiful. Combining the slightly existential plot of sailing with an inquisitive fox and the animal crew of the Antlered Ship as they search for answers to their many questions and perhaps find adventure along the way. I found some lines laugh out loud funny.
During a low moral point the animals were regretting their journey:
Marco eyed the deer and pigeons. "Foxes aren't supposed to be vegetarian," he said. "Still, we must do the best we can."
There is a map on both the inside front and back covers to trace and follow this seafaring adventure. On top of it all, not only does the book have a beautiful jacket; but it also looks finished without it. I mean, what can be better than that? Any well-loved book is bound to lose its jacket, and this will still look great on the shelf.
Even though we have no kids at home in the picture book age range, we all loved it and agreed that some of the lines might become family quotables (inside jokes- quotes understandable only to your family)