One Summer Up North

John Owens (Author)

Product Details

$17.95  $16.51
University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date
September 15, 2020
12.1 X 9.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

John Owens is a freelance illustrator who teaches at the University of Minnesota. This book, his first, was inspired by his travels north to paddle, portage, and camp in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.


"John Owens invites readers to accompany a family into a world of pine woods and clear water, hiking through misty mornings, camping beneath the bright blaze of the Milky Way. Evocative and memory-stirring, One Summer Up North is a journey well worth taking."--Eric Rohmann, Caldecott Medal-winning author of My Friend Rabbit

"It is appropriate that this is a wordless book - silent and picturesque much like the area the book is portraying. The illustrations encourage the reader to linger on each page a little and completely soak in what is being offered-creating a new story each time the book is opened."--Youth Services Book Review

"If you're looking for a book with pictures that evoke a calming, relaxing feel, this could be a great read for your family!"--Bawbee Books

"Children will be scrambling to dust off their tents and oars to create their own memories, too."--Foreword Reviews

"The wordless text evokes the peaceful quiet of being outdoors, culminating in a particularly beautiful spread of a starry sky. A trip worth taking."--Kirkus Reviews

"Debut author Owens uses no words in these pages, and readers won't miss them--digitally colored pencil illustrations, with their impressionistic touches of color, texture, and shape, exude a plainspoken eloquence. He adeptly portrays both big geographic expanses and wholly intimate moments of an affectionate family free from everyday distractions."--Publishers Weekly, starred review