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Grand Isle


In this wordless story, an ordinary day at the beach transforms into an unforgettable adventure.

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$18.95 $14.21

What people are saying…

“In the vein of books like Aaron Becker’s Journey trilogy, Grand Isle uses illustration to transport readers: the pages burst with color and scale . . . The illustrations are lush and have beautiful movement to them. A rich story that invites readers to tell you what they see.”
Mom Read It

“This book has outstanding creatures like colorful birds, fascinating insects and berries with faces. If you like vibrant pictures and interesting adventures, then this is the book for you!”
New Mexico Kids!, recommended by Ava D., age 9

Included in Publishers Weekly‘s Fall 2021 Children’s Announcements!

“Many children have wondered what it might be like to be minuscule, and this wordless adventure is accessible even to a quite young beachgoer . . . An imaginative journey.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A knockout. Samworth’s wordless tale twists and turns like the best of suspense films. An everyday beach trip takes a turn when a pair of adventuring kids lead the way into an inverted realm, where plants and bugs lord over them. This book is a feat of illustration, a carnival of color, a mash-up of dreams and reality. I slammed my fist with how good the end was.”
—Lulu Miller, author of Why Fish Don’t Exist

Grand Isle creates a breathtaking world of fantasy using the everyday world around us. It’s an adventure of the imagination.”
Johnny Marciano, coauthor of Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat

“This is a story that’s discovered rather than told. I wish I could ride in such an extraordinary vessel. It transported me to a magical, colorful world of possible impossibilities.”
—Nikki McClure, author/illustrator of Mama, Is It Summer Yet?

Critical praise for Aviary Wonders Inc. by Kate Samworth:

“Written and illustrated in the style of traditional mail-order inventories, this weaves in a surprising amount of genuine bird information while displaying the variety of interchangeable parts . . . For children and their birdwatching parents, who will appreciate the clever premise and the message of admiration.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Some children may love the pictures and relish the silliness of the project without feeling the pangs of anticipatory nostalgia too deeply; others may find Aviary Wonders Inc. an uncomfortably guilty pleasure.”
New York Times Book Review


Part of our Black Sheep imprint for young readers.

When two sister wander the shore on their family beach outing in search of seashells, smooth pebbles, and other sandy treasures, they discover a gigantic seed pod large enough to hold them afloat. Unable to resist, they climb aboard, and before they know it are swept across the ocean to a mysterious island populated by marvelous vegetation and outsized insects. As they explore, their vessel is carried back out to sea, and they are stranded on the grand isle. Curiosity has led them far from home and only an act of daring and resourcefulness will bring them back.

This wordless adventure leads the audience through a richly imagined land packed with spectacular flowers and foliage well suited to Willy Wonka’s botanical garden. Samworth combines the natural with the surreal in harmonious colors to create a landscape that promises new discoveries on each visit.



Book Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Published: 9/7/21
  • IBSN: 9781617759765
  • e-IBSN: 9781617759888


KATE SAMWORTH is an artist and illustrator inspired by natural science and art history. Her art responds to the constant changes in nature and draws upon her experiences farming in Turkey and Spain and hiking in Brazil. Her books include the Kirkus Prize–winning Aviary Wonders Inc., Liza Jane & the Dragon (by Laura Lippman), and Why Fish Don’t Exist (by Lulu Miller). Her work is held in multiple public and private collections across the US and abroad and her illustrations have been featured in World Watch and Orion magazines. Her latest work is Grand Isle.

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