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The Antlered Ship

Written by Dashka Slater

Illustrated by Eric Fan, Terry Fan

Key Stage 1

LoveReading View on The Antlered Ship

A powerfully rich and atmospheric picturebook that takes a thoughtful fox on a quest for answers and finds adventures and true friendship - which is most important of all

October 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2018

Rich in an atmospheric seascape and with a quest at its heart,  The Antlered Ship is an engaging and adventurous story that will encourage all children to keep on asking questions about the world they live in.  When the beautiful ship with the huge antlers on its prow comes into port Marco the Fox  is busy contemplating the mysteries of the world. Marco asks himself questions such as Why do some songs make you happy and others make you sad? Why don’t trees ever talk? and  How deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? None of his fox friends have any answers. So, when he sees the ship he decides to join the curious crew of deer and pigeons in the hope that a sea voyage to far off lands will help him find the answers. After an eventful journey, Marco discovers that questions often have several answers and that sharing and travelling and living with others can be one way of finding answers.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

More About This Book

Help Marco the Fox navigate his journey in this maze activity sheet!

Julia Eccleshare's Picks for November 2018: 

Mince Spies by Sophie Corrigan

Hampstead the Hamster by Michael Rosen

The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater

Atlas Adventures: Wonders of the World by Ben Handicott

Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration by Leonard S. Marcus

The Dog that Saved Christmas by Nicola Davies


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The Antlered Ship Synopsis

Marco the fox has a lot of questions, like: how deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? And why do birds have such lizardy feet? But none of the other foxes share his curiosity. So when a magnificent ship adorned with antlers and with a deer for a captain arrives at the dock looking for a crew, Marco volunteers, hoping to find foxes who are as inquisitive as he is that can answer his questions. The crew finds adventure and intrigue on their journey. And, at last, Marco finds the answer to his most important question of all: What's the best way to find a friend you can talk to?

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786031051
Publication date: 4th October 2018
Author: Dashka Slater
Illustrator: Eric Fan, Terry Fan
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1

About Dashka Slater

Dashka Slater is an award-winning journalist, who has written for Newsweek and The New York Times, among other publications. This is her first YA non-fiction book, but she also writes fiction for adults and picture books for younger children.

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