Will, Malvern Book Co-operative:
"We found the book charming, educational and certain to inspire many children with a deeper a fascination with the world around them. Both James Garner and Crown House Publishing should be proud of what you’ve created."
Ian Porter, father of a bookworm daughter:
"A great read for young and old that captures your imagination and takes you on Bob’s journey with him. The detail and colour on each page will captivate all audiences and entertain for hours – so much more fun than looking for Wally!
Full of animals and characters which are so fun that kids will surely relate to and learn from them. Children can learn a lot about animals, the seasons and the weather. The story was so soothing and it is perfect for bedtime. All in all, a great book."
Kris Jeary, designer:
"Follow Bob as he journeys down the river and through a year, follow the changes in the weather and wildlife and learn how precious and fragile our riverbanks and countryside are. This beautifully illustrated and narrated book shows the wonder and beauty of the seasons. It contains so much detail you will still be spotting new things after the twentieth read through.
The cast of characters are fully introduced at the end of the story. This encourages young readers to find these characters – woodpeckers, swallows, ants and kingfishers – on their next countryside or riverside walk. Not only that, it taught this parent the difference between a coot and a moorhen.
You and your children will treasure this book for years to come. This is learning and this is fun."
John T Morris BA(Hons),MEd,MPhil,CertEd, Director at Ymgynghorwyr Addysg JTM Educational Consultants:
"James Garner has written and illustrated an enthralling story based on the adventures of Bob and a whole range of animals, birds, flowers, trees, vegetables and the exciting creepy crawlies. The thought provoking text and marvellous illustrations capture the thoughts and imaginations of both the listeners and the story teller. Listeners become engrossed as the text brings to life the wonders of the countryside and the seasons of the year. The reader’s knowledge and understanding of a vast range of facts are expertly supported in the ‘where are they hiding’ section which makes for active participation and enhances discussion.
This is a truly outstanding contribution to promote children’s knowledge of natural science and the countryside. Above all it creates an enthusiasm and excellent visual support for reading, discussion and practical activities to extend knowledge and understanding of nature."
Kate Stansfield, mother of two:
"My views: I thought that Bob and The River of Time was a beautifully illustrated heart-warming story. The writing had a gentle rhythm and flow to it which made it easy for my children to understand. The message of the story around life being similar to the river journey with plenty of things to stop and wonder at, along with the certainty of the passing seasons offering new beginnings, was really lovely and reassuring for bedtime reading. The illustrations are just stunning – amazing colours, variety and attention to detail and also a strong sense of nature and wildlife which both my children and I really enjoyed. There are so many children’s stories now that I groan at when I have to read them. This book is different – it’s a modern classic that I believe both parents and children can enjoy.
My children’s views: My children thought that the book was very colourful with lots of interesting things to look at. They particularly liked the “unusual secret” referred to at the beginning which they said was exciting and made them want to hear more. My 7 year old was comfortable reading it out loud and both children were totally engaged and interested for the whole story. They liked the “nice gardens” and seemed to really enjoy counting the animals and plants on each page. They also loved the facts and figures about the wildlife that Bob had encountered on his journey. I explained to them if they had understood what I felt was the meaning of the book (referred to above) and it was clear that they had. It was a definite hit."
Rowan Early, advertising writer, dad and chief kids’ book reader-outer:
"Children and adults alike will love the whimsical, charming tale of Bob and his meandering journey through the seasons in his little boat. James Garner has created a book that brilliantly celebrates the wonders of nature, the countryside and life’s simple pleasures. And, as he’s an artist too, he has gorgeously captured the ever-changing flora and fauna of the seasons in richly coloured, vibrant landscapes.
Aside from the wonderful story and illustrations, the book has an educational side. At the back, kids can discover interesting little facts about the many quirky-looking creatures hidden within the pages – got to love Gassy Gary, Whiffy William and Pungent Peter, the stinkbugs.
Bob and the River of Time is a delightful tale – old-fashioned in its telling, modern in its execution – that tells us to appreciate the beauty of life around us. It’s a book sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. In the words of my five-year-old boy, ‘It’s very, very, very fantastic.’"
"Really interesting, different book. We found it to be a perfect bedtime book, it encourages mindfulness and for the kids to take in the environment. Wonderful illustrations and packed full of info. Not the normal kids book. Try it!"