Fiction. Children's Literature. This is Cool Grove Press's first children's book, a story that provides a fresh direction for kids and adults dealing with loss. Aimed at kids 4-8, BILLY AND THE SECRET SHIP is about the loving connection between a boy and his grandfather. Vividly illustrated by Juliet Hitchner and laced with adventure, it transmits a powerful legacy to all who gain more than they could ever lose from those they love.
Throughout the years at bedtime, Billy's Grandpa spins tales while carving a woodenship. Over the years Billy always fell asleep before he could experience the full story. But one morning he wakes up to find he has to navigate the continuing adventure of the tales on his own.
"...more than a book for kids. It's an artfully written, beautifully illustrated life lesson for us all on the magic of imagination, the poetry of dreams, and the lasting power of the bond between generations..."—Marshall Karp
Mardee Kravit, the author, is a writer and producer whose work includes writing for ABC and NBC Daytime and creating and producing television shows for teenagers and children, including the iconic teen series Swan's Crossing. In between producing an awarded short film, working with children to create their own stories and completing a YA novel, Kravit loves to salsa. Juliet Hitchner, the illustrator, is an Indie game artist/designer self-taught in both traditional painting and digital art. She spends her down time creating art for Mega Games Society. Along with a group of gamers, artists and designers she helps develop and run large 20+ people games. Her most notable work has been for their flagship game Watch the Skies. When not illustrating or creating games, she can spend hours perfecting her Halloween music playlist.Author City: AMAGANSETT, NY USA