The Wanderer by Peter Van den Ende / ISBN 9781646140176 / 96-page illustrated hard cover / A Society of Illustrators, Dilys Evans Founder's Award Winner published by Levine Querido
A New York Times Best Book of 2020
"An epic dream captured in superbly meticulous detail." —Shaun Tan
"Danger, magic, surprise and awe abound in this masterly, wordless debut." —The New York Times
"I love Van den Ende's passion." —Brian Selznick, New York Times Book Review
"Marvelously engrossing—a triumph." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Remarkable. Absolutely sui generis." —Booklist, starred review
Without a word, The Wanderer presents one little paper boat's journey across the ocean, past reefs and between icebergs, through schools of fish, swaying water plants, and terrifying sea monsters. The little boat is all alone, and while its aloneness gives it the chance to wonder at the fairy-tale world above and below the waves, that also means it must save itself when it storms. And so it does.
Readers young and old will find the strength and inspiration in this quietly powerful story about growing, learning, and life's ups and downs.
Peter Van den Ende is an artist and illustrator based in Belgium. Previously he worked as a nature guide in the Cayman Islands. The beauty of the sea was his source of inspiration for his wondrous and wordless debut picture book, The Wanderer—A Society of Illustrators, Dilys Evans Founder's Award Winner and named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.