In the shade of the woods is a hill with a hole. Beaconing black. Goosebump chills. Excitement and fear battle. What will win? You want to go in... do you dare?
Using evocative storytelling, Nell Cross Beckerman urges children to explore one of nature's most curious ecosystems. Dramatic, poetic language guides kids through different caves around the world while nonfiction text allows for deeper understanding.
Debut illustrator Kalen Chock's stunning illustrations will astonish readers, as each new page brings another delightful surprise.
Extensive backmatter includes an author's note, best practices for safe cave exploration, and additional information about the caves featured in the book.
An ideal choice for nature lovers, future explorers, and fans of Jason Chin and Kate Messner.
Kalen Chock is a senior concept artist working in video games, feature animation, and film for over 10 years. He has worked for studios like EA/Glu Mobile, DreamWorks, Warner Bros, The Mill, Ember Lab, and ILM. Caves is his picture book debut.
Praise for Caves:
2023 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children – Recommended Title
Kirkus Best Book of the Year
New York Public Library Best Book of 2022
"Shadowy spaces beckon in Chock's powerfully atmospheric illustrations...an observation that the floors of some lava tubes in Australia are flat enough for wheelchairs makes Beckerman's invitation even more inclusive. Tantalizing glimpes of hidden natural treasures, with breakthaking art." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Would-be spelunkers and those who would never consider a trip into a cave have the potential to be launched on a lifelong journey of discovery into the amazing world of caves as depicted in this excellent title. Highly recommended for all library collections."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"Cross Beckerman injects genuine passion into this nonfiction examination of caves...In a striking picture book debut...Chock combines realistic-looking rock surfaces with softly shaded adult and child figures overwhlemed by the natural features. ...Together, text and artwork deliver a high-impact introduction to the lure of caves." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A compelling combination of lyrical, mysterious text and illustrated scenes...digitally created artwork lends a viseral experience ot the reading. ...appealing."--Booklist