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Finn and Fred’s Arctic Adventure by Jocelyn Porter
Target Age: Children (aged 3-8 years)
Genre: Picture book
Tour Dates: 29th January – 2nd February 2022
Publication Date: 24th November 2021
Publisher: Full Media Ltd
Finn and Fred’s Arctic Adventure
“My bus takes off with a sonic boom, straight through the wall and out of my room…”
Finn and Fred Octopus are off on a magical adventure to the Arctic. They meet a kindly seal, a hungry polar bear and an angry walrus. The whales sing to Finn, and Finn arrives home with an important message to share…
Author Bio – Jocelyn’s writing career began when she was asked to write a story for a preschool magazine. That story was the first of many. Jocelyn became the writer/editor of several preschool magazines and continued in that role for 15 years. Writing one new story every month, plus rhymes and activities was a tough gig, but very exhilarating. Time is the big difference between writing for a magazine and writing a book. You see your work on the supermarket shelves within a few weeks of completion. A book takes longer – a lot longer. Jocelyn has to be patient now – not something she’s good at. Before becoming a writer, Jocelyn worked in higher education as International Students Officer. It was a rewarding and interesting job even though she was on call 24/7. Jocelyn also trained as a counsellor and volunteered at drop-in centres. She never knew who would arrive for counselling and had to be prepared for anything. This work gave her insight into some of the darker corners of life. Motor sport was one of Jocelyn’s early loves, she had the spine-tingling thrill of taking part in a 24-hour national rally as navigator – those were the days when rallies were held on public roads! Jocelyn worked as an au pair in Paris in her teens. Having visited the city on a school trip, she fell in love with it, and always wanted to return. Jocelyn’s first book published by Full Media is The King Who Didn’t Like Snow, illustrated by Michael S Kane. Finn and Fred’s Arctic Adventure is her second book under Full Media and is illustrated by Leo Brown.
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Finn is a little boy with a terrific imagination. Fred is his toy octopus. Finn imagines that Fred comes alive when they’re playing. They pretend together and go on great adventures. In this book, Finn and Fred go to the artic. They ride in a magic bus and land on the ice. There are some nice animals, but the polar bear comes towards him with a sharp knife. The bear wants to eat them. Then, other animals come. Finn and Fred get to see all the animals in the region and even get to see the Northern Lights. There is a climate change message that seems to be added a little randomly.
I especially loved the illustrations. The colors are gorgeous and the expressions on Finn and the animals are adorable. Children will love this picture book.