Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat

Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat

When Jonathan loses his best friend, a stuffed bear named Frederick, he sets sail on the Big Blue Boat to find him. Along the way he assembles a ragtag crew, including a mountain goat, a lonely circus elephant, and even a friendly whale. Adventure and intrigue (and pirates!) follow. This title has Common Core connections....

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Title:Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat
Author:Philip C. Stead
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1596435623
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat Reviews

  • Kristin McIlhagga
    May 20, 2012
    Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat is an entertaining cumulative tale about a boy's adventures searching for his beloved bear Frederick. For me, the illustrations really made the difference in pulling me into the story. Author Philip Stead and his wife Rebecca became widely known for A Sic...
  • Elisabeth
    Aug 28, 2011
    I may be letting my admiration for "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" bleed into reviewing this one - but I do love this book. He is fanciful but matter of fact. He doesn't need to explain HOW or really even WHY a big blue boat sails on a whale (or how animals ride on a bus to visit Amos McGe...
  • Jess
    Feb 11, 2015
    Man I don't get this book. Kid's parents are awful, trading his bear for a toaster because it's useful then Jonathan runs away to find the bear, steals (?) a boat after getting a ride from a tugboat guy who's like "I'm sad because I don't use my tug boat anymore." Then there's a bunch ...
  • Boni
    Apr 12, 2011
    The art is FANTASTIC, but the text didn't quite live up to the art for me. ...
  • Robin
    Jun 20, 2011
    When Jonathan's parents trade his teddy bear Frederick for a toaster, Jonathan sails the big blue boat out to sea in search of his friend. He picks up passengers and makes new friends along the way, including an elephant who is too old for the circus, but is valued as an "experienced t...
  • Laura
    Jul 03, 2011
    I almost really loved this book. Jonathan's parents trade his beloved stuffed bear, Frederick, for a toaster. Jonathan takes the Big Blue Boat to search for Frederick and along the way, meets a cast of characters who join him on the ship. I loved the cumulative part of the story and th...
  • Jenny
    Oct 06, 2017
    I recently read and LOVED A Sick Day for Amos McGee and decided I wanted to read Stead's other books. This one requires a real suspension of disbelief (what kind of parent trades their child's beloved stuffed bear for a toaster? How/why would a whale carry a boat? And much more...), pr...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Nov 23, 2011
    Jonathan?s parents trade his teddy bear for a toaster, so Jonathan must set off on a journey alone on a Big Blue Boat to find Frederick. Along the way, he befriends a mountain goat, a circus elephant, and a whale. A slyly humorous story. ??Hello,? said Jonathan to a mount...
  • Caren
    Nov 03, 2011
    Too many different art mediums used, so it feels a bit muddy to me. Wouldn't give it my vote. ...
  • Kelly
    Oct 08, 2017
    This book starts out kind of weird. Jonathan is a boy who has a teddy bear. One day his mother needs to take his teddy bear away in order to trade it for a toaster. The story then chronicles Jonathan's journey to find his teddy bear. I didn't like the story much (it's pretty much about...
  • Melissa
    Aug 24, 2011
    I am so weird. Why do I dislike Itsy Mitsy Runs Away but love this one? They both have wacky premises and perverse parents. BUT. I think the writing in Big Blue Boat is much stronger, more lyrical, with better rhythm and repetitive structure. And Jonathan leaves those perverse ...
  • Allison Parker
    Sep 10, 2011
    Let your preconceptions set sail before embarking on this voyage of a book. In Jonathan?s world, a tugboat captain has no problem assisting a little boy in setting off on a great ocean liner in search of a lost friend, and parents don?t think twice about trading their child?s bel...
  • Cheryl
    Aug 20, 2016
    Imo, too full of itself, too brash. 'Look, I'm using stamps in my art to symbolize travel!' 'Look, children have great imaginations, and parents have rules about being practical!' Even the end... well, I loved the concept at the end, but still, ultimately it's just 'meh, ok.' I *mi...
  • David
    Jun 12, 2011
    While I loved A Sick Day for Amos McGee, and admire some of the art in Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat by Philip C. Stead, I just didn't get into this fantasy story. In fact, parts of the story really got my goat, not the goat in this story mind you, nor do I actually own a goat, but ju...
  • Jana
    May 16, 2016
    This picture book was highly recommended by Josh Funk, and what a treat it is! This fun adventure tells the story of a little boy whose parents traded his beloved stuffed bear, Frederick, for a toaster because he was too old for stuffed animals. Heartbroken and determined to find his f...
  • Matthew
    Jun 11, 2015
    All for a favorite stuffed animal. That's what this all comes down to. Jonathan's parents trade his stuffed bear for a toaster because they think he's too old for bears, but just right for the joy of toasters. Thank heavens, Jonathan disagrees and sets off to find his bear. He commande...
  • Kristin
    Apr 13, 2011
    Having viewed the trailer (over and over), for which Mr. Stead also composed the music, I so wanted to fall in love with this story. I laughed out loud over the item bartered for, enjoyed the clever ways the animals participate in this cumulative tale, but overall I didn't connect as m...
  • Fjóla
    Mar 03, 2013
    The story is not as strong as Stead's A Home for Bird or A Sick Day for Amos McGee, and at times it felt a little fractured. In fact, two or three times I flipped the pages back to see if I had accidentally skipped a previous page, that's how much there seemed to be holes in the story....
  • Amy Layton
    Dec 13, 2017
    This book was so sweet. After Jonathan loses his best friend, he sets off on a boat to search for him. Along the way, he meets all sorts of characters who end up joining him--only to find his best friend, a stuffed animal, in somebody else's possession. So he invites them along, ...
  • Amy Forrester
    Mar 18, 2012
    Each day Jonathan and his best friend, Frederick, a stuffed bear, walk down to the wharf and gaze up at the Big Blue Boat. But one day Jonathan?s parents decide he?s too old for stuffed animals and trade Frederick for a toaster. Heartbroken, Jonathan walks to the wharf alone. There...
  • Christina
    Jan 17, 2012
    Philip C. Stead's "Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat", is a story about a little boy who loses his teddy-bear, and best friend. Jonathan then goes on a trip across seas to find his best friend. Along the Jonathan comes across other animals, and learns that he can have more than one best f...
  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    Nov 30, 2017
    Check out more Picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... "When Jonathan loses his best friend, a stuffed bear named Frederick, he sets sail on the Big Blue Boat to find him. Along the way he assembles a ragtag crew, including a mountain goat, a lonely circus elephant, and...
  • Linda Gill
    Dec 10, 2013
    Philip Stead has authored and illustrated this book of a boy's search for his teddy bear, his best friend, Frederick. Jonathan's parents have traded the bear in for a toaster when they think he has, or should have, outgrown the need for a stuffed animal. Jonathan sets off to find Frede...
  • Ubah Khasimuddin
    Nov 11, 2018
    This one was sad - the parents sell the beloved teddy bear to buy a toaster?! The circus elephant is left all alone on a deserted island? So sad. The kids enjoyed it because of the happy ending but this mother could only read it once, I hated the idea of the lonely elephant and someone...
  • Emmaline MacBeath
    May 20, 2015
    SUMMARY:Jonathan loves his teddy bear, Frederick very much. They loved to go look at the large blue ship at the wharf. But one day, Jonathan finds out that his parents traded Frederick for a toaster. Frederick sets out alone on the big blue ship in search of Frederick. Along the way he...
  • Renee MA
    Sep 24, 2018
    While the art is lovely, and the idea good, Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat has jarring transitions that leave the reader flipping pages to check if any were stuck together. Sadly, they were not. ...
  • Alexandria Hiam
    Mar 18, 2016
    Beautiful picture book by author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee (done as a husband wife team). This time Philip C. Stead authored and illustrated the book. collage work with maps and ticks, ledgers make up the texture of objects, filled in with paint and ink. Jonathan's parents trade in ...
  • Rachel Crowe
    Sep 11, 2017
    I picked up this book because the cover is very colorful and I like the name of the book. Then I went onto reading the book and discovered if I were to read this to little kids that are very young they would get bored with the book just because there is so many words. The book was good...
  • Madison Ramsey
    Nov 15, 2017
    This story was about a young boy, Jonathan, whose parents trade his favorite bear for a toaster. The boy went off to find his bear and ended up sailing away on a big blue boat. Along the way, he finds many companions for his journey. Eventually, he finds his bear and invites its new ow...
  • Ann
    Oct 02, 2019
    This definitely reminded me of "A Sick Day for Amos McGee." And after I read it, what do you know? It was written by the Caldecott Winner's husband, Philip Stead. The illustrations are charming with residual newspaper print in the background. And even though it doesn't make logical sen...