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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Tommy Balaam
Illustrated by Daniel Howard
Age Range: 2-10
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Independently published (June 4, 2020)
What to expect: Space, Thunder, Fears, a Boy and His Dog
The first in a brand new series, Captain Fantastic: I’ve Got You is a big-hearted picture book in which a space captain comforts his space pet during a thunderstorm.
Captain Fantastic and his dog Winston are sailing through space in their good ship Zippity-Zap when they encounter a space storm. Afraid of the thunder, Winston retreats to a basket and hides under a blanket. In true friendship fashion, Captain Fantastic lovingly shares poignant anecdotes that demonstrate how the pair are never alone as long as they have each other. In doing so, he manages to ease his beloved companion’s fears, and brings the story to a satisfying conclusion that finds the pair curled up together under a blanket watching the lightning flash across the sky and through the stars.
Overall this is a sweet picture book in which the rhyming text flows. Alliterations like “galloping galaxy” and “astronomical asteroids” and the addition of onomatopoeia that leaps from the page in bold fonts enthusiastically catch the ear of the reader. The galactic illustrations are eye-catching with bright colors that pop against a black backdrop.
Captain Fantastic: I’ve Got You offers touching examples of empathy, friendship, and loyalty. This adventure-filled story will surely appeal to parents, grandparents, and caregivers looking for a loving reading experience to share with the kids in their lives.
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About the Author
Tommy Balaam is the fantastic founder of Captain Fantastic, voted the UK’s no. 1 children’s entertainment company. The Captain Fantastic series of books was inspired by the success of the children’s entertainment franchise. Both are dedicated to captivating young audiences with bold characters, plenty of laughter, an emphasis on children’s wellbeing, and, above all, exciting stories. The brand is now growing nationwide and expanding to include a YouTube series, music albums, and online games.
Tommy trained as an actor, graduating in 2009 from the East 15 acting school. He has loved his career within the arts, including a range of different roles. As well as acting, Tommy has always had a love of music and performs regularly with his band, Dirty Mitts. Tommy’s wealth of performance experience, combined with his creativity and flair, is at the heart and soul of the Captain Fantastic brand. His passion is in putting every effort into creating truly unforgettable experiences.
To find out more, visit www.captain-fantastic.co.uk.
About the Illustrator
Cyprus-based American-Vietnamese artist, Daniel Howard, has been dabbling in the arts for decades. After spending years as a dancer, painter, and graphic designer, he has taken up the mantle as a children’s book illustrator for the last several years.
Daniel’s love for art and animation has driven him to hone his skills to bring the imagination of authors to life. He has illustrated dozen of children’s books for authors across the globe.
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