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Captain Fantastic: I’ve Got You!, by Tommy Balaam | Dedicated Review

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The Children’s Book Review | July 27, 2020

Captain Fantastic: I’ve Got You!

Written by Tommy Balaam

Illustrated by Daniel Howard

Age Range: 2-10

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Independently published (June 4, 2020)

ISBN: 979-8649062473

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

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

Daniel Howard

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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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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