Stranded!: A Mostly True Story from Iceland

Barefoot Bks. Aug. 2023. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781646869916.
Gr 1-4–Bringing the folklore and magic of Iceland to life, the author relates the story of when his grandfather became stranded with a friend on a newly formed volcanic island. Based on a true account, the book’s comfortable and engaging storytelling presents the tale in a humorous way sprinkled with Icelandic myths and a dash of magic. In a wonderful marriage of text and images, Benediktsson’s words are encapsulated in Wilson’s art, much like a graphic novel, which helps enrich the storytelling feel. Readers get a further taste of Icelandic culture in the back matter, as well as through end notes on volcanoes and Norse mythology.
VERDICT Highly recommended for public or school libraries. This gently exciting story will be enjoyed by adventure-loving children.

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