Young up and coming illustrator William Grill brings us a detailed visual narrative of Shackleton's journey to Antarctica.
William Grill recently graduated from University College Falmouth, and currently works in London as a freelance illustrator. He works in predominately in coloured pencil, and has worked for a variety of clients such as Harrods, The New York Times and Shelter. William draws most of his inspiration from looking closely at what's around him, and from a young age has maintained a keen interest in dogs and the outdoors.
Winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway MedalA New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2014Best Children's Book of 2014, Wall Street JournalBest Children's Book of 2014, Brain PickingsA 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book -Mr. Grill's manner of illustration lends itself beautifully to the juxtaposition of early-20th-century human ingenuity and the raw, indifferent power of nature.---Wall Street Journal -A book every house should have.---The Guardian -A magnificent chronicle by emerging illustrator William Grill, whose affectionate and enchanting colored-pencil drawings bring to life the legendary explorer and his historic expedition.---Brainpickings -A perfect picture book for any would be historian or adventurer. ---This Picture Book Life -Author William Grill does an excellent job telling this story so that the book can be both a resource for a child's book report as well as a captivating picture book for anyone wanting to learn about this expedition. But even more powerful than the narrative are the detailed and dramatic illustrations, done in colored pencils, many which, if framed, would look stunning on a wall. To top it all off, the textured book cover and raw, thick pages make this a book to flaunt on your coffee table or child's bookshelf.---Wink Books -This is a book that will appeal to adult art lovers, picture book fans and history buffs (of which, I fall into all three categories), children and adult alike. The book's large format gives ample space for detailed colored pencil illustrations and the perfect pacing for such a fascinating journey.- - The Eric Carle Museum -What a remarkable book, and a harrowing story of bravery, endurance and hope! [...] Beautifully illustrated and endlessly compelling, it is a tribute to explorers, their bravery and their hopes.-- Sal's Fiction Addiction -William Grill's well designed book is the perfect introduction for young readers to get a sense of the Endurance expedition.- - Mindy Rhiger -An example of the arty but accessible [...], the sketches evoke the feeling of a naturalist's diary with an almost documentary feeling as we peek into the mundane (six months provisions) isolating hardship (crossing the ice fields) and relief (rescue and survival).- -- Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word -The meticulously detailed colored pencil illustrations highlight the planning, the departure, the voyage, the rescue efforts, and the successful return of the crew after the loss of the Endurance on the ice.---Dragon Lode