Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Bark Ship Bonnie by Stephanie Staib [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 978-1951836542
Age 5 - 7 Years
My thoughts: Absolutely adorable illustrations that capture a child and devoted dog at play on a boat throughout the day. Imaginary or real? I can't tell. But I sense that this is a child in a sea-faring town who is familiar with life aboard a ship and hence a playday embarked on an imaginary boat with faithful, seagoing dog as first mate.

The text is beautifully written using repeated alphabet letters yet not true alliteration. Words of similar cadence yet not rhyme nor rhythm. So it is engaging.

I found it difficult to follow the idea (other than sailing on a ship amidst a storm, etc.), yet that doesn't mean it isn't fun or meaningful. It is just different to me. The book will truly be a winner among young children (and parents) at coastal areas where there are ships a-sailing and adventures to be had.

Again, I think the illustrations adorable; and the book captivating to look at and one can imagine most any "sailing the seas" story with it.

About the book: Cameron Kids (an imprint of Abrams) is proud to announce the release of Bark Ship Bonnie, a charming and captivating picture book for children. This delightful tale, written by Stephanie Staib, takes readers through the high seas with a brave dog named Bonnie and her trusty crew.
A sailing adventure featuring a girl, her dog, and their boat, complete with a "Ship Slang" glossary and diagram of a real bark ship. Bonnie lass, bark sailor on a bark ship, cast off, set sail, chases sea tales, befriends whales, scope islands, outwit squalls, and makes it home in time to slip back into the slip and sleep, in this delightfully salty tale of a girl, her dog, and a boat.
The beautiful illustrations in Bark Ship Bonnie bring the story to life and capture the spirit of Bonnie and her crew. The pages are filled with vivid colors, imaginative scenes, and playful characters that children will adore. With its engaging storyline and visually stunning illustrations, Bark Ship Bonnie is sure to become a favorite among children and parents alike.

About the Author & Illustrator

Debut picture book author Stephanie Staib is an avid boater who lives with her family in Milton, Delaware, a nineteenth-century shipbuilding community known for its multimasted schooners. 

Fiona Lee is an illustrator who lives in Martha’s Vineyard. Her books include Eat Your Peas, Julius!, published by Cameron Kids.
Begins May 31
Ends June 28 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's copy is provided and mailed directly to the winner by publicist, author, or publisher. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


  1. I love the thought of sailing but - based on my previous experiences - I am usually more of a landlubber!

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  2. Have you ever been sailing? NO NO I was on a big cruiser once and I got sicker then a dog. Had to be helped off the boat.

  3. No, I'm not a sailor but it sounds like fun.

  4. I have never been sailing and don't know if I ever would as I am afraid of being out on a boat...can't swim. Thanks!

  5. Thank you for the kind words, Vera! So happy you enjoyed my book :-) -Steph

  6. These illustrations, in just what is shown, are adorable!


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