Looking for Atlantis Children’s Book
Recently the kids checked out Looking for Atlantis, by Colin Thompson at the library and we took nearly an hour to make it through a short mostly picture book. The art in this 1994 lost classic was so precise and lovely we were captivated.
We’ve been reading a stack of books every day since they were born and in the early days, I appreciated an illustrator who places hidden items to find on every page even when it’s not obvious we should be searching. My favorites are ones that hide bugs. Normally it’s ladybugs, but in one there were little roaches that were up to all sorts of shenanigans.
Looking for Atlantis has plenty of distinct items we can see but also lots that aren’t so evident. It’s fun to find hidden themes Mr. Thompson has provided. He has a slightly twisted sense of humor and is apparently quite a prolific illustrator who should have probably garnered more respect.
But has Mr. Thompson makes it quite clear on his website he’s not into social media. He’s too busy producing. He has coloring books, puzzles, adult books and even cross stitch section. He’s an interesting guy, to say the least.
Though, you may not find it at the library, Looking for Atlantis is on Amazon. It is a somewhat melancholy book about a boy who discovers his imagination. Worth checking out if you’re into a deeper experience that most picture books offer nowadays.