This emotionally charged picture book marks the writing debut of L.J.R. Kelly, grandson of Roald Dahl. Given Kelly's own unusual and unrooted childhood (he had moved house eighteen times by the times he was sixteen), the 27 year-old author imbues his tale with rare perception and true emotional depth.
Blanket & Bear have been with their boy since the day he was born. But one day, while the boy is traveling with his family, they are lost. Without their boy, they begin a daring adventure across oceans and distant lands, hoping to find their way back to him. Along the way, they arrive at an island of lost blankets and bears, but they decide they must continue their search; eventually, they find that their owner has outgrown them in their absence, and they decide to rejoin the friends they made along their journey.
This heartwarming ode to well-loved toys will act as a perfect balm for a child who has lost a toy: telling a comforting story of where they may go. The story also illustrates the power of friendship, belief and adventure in a way that will enchant any young child. (GibsonsB)