The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good Fortune

Thanksgiving Picture Book

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good FortuneI was thrilled to be invited to a lunch hosted by Candlewick Press to meet author and illustrator P. J. Lynch who was here all the way from Ireland for the release of his first advanced picture book. He has illustrated more than 26 picture books over his 30 year career and this is the very first book he’s written!

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good Fortune

Is it me or are all Irish authors charming and funny? Eoin Colfer comes to mind and now P. J. Lynch as well! After thirty years as a children’s book illustrator, P. J. reveals how this story about John Howland hooked him and converted him into an author:

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P. J. Lynch

Told in fascincating first person, P. J. Lynch tells the Mayflower story from the perspective of an indentured servant, young John Howell who actually fell off the ship during a storm and survived! John’s story begins from the perils of escape from England to the difficult voyage on the Mayflower and continues through the winter in the New World in which only half their party survive. John meets Massasaoit and Squanto who are instrumental in keeping the remaining settlers alive. By the end of his first year, John faces a difficult decision to stay or return home.

This is a picture book that begs to be read aloud. It’s also a great way for kids to feel like they are experiencing the Mayflower journey alongside John Howell. The gorgeous watercolor artwork reminiscent of old world Renaissance masters illuminates the story. [advanced picture book, ages 8 and up]

I interviewed P. J. Lynch in four parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Each video is about 3 minutes

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  1. Can’t wait to read this one, Mia. I even know a Howland descendant!

  2. Ronna Mandel

    HOW LUCKY ARE YOU? This sounds like a great read and I’m so glad you shared all the details of your meeting with P.J. Lynch with us!!

  3. what age group do these book/review postings need to cover?

  4. I really wanted to read and review this book, but learned about it too late. Still will read it.

    Sorry, my computer crashed late last week and I am so behind catching up with posts.
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  5. I have reviewed Max Oliver\\\’s book Little Dancer Learns for Native American Heritage Month and gave a shout out to Multicultural Day at bottom of review. Is there a place on your website where this can be posted? Sue Ready
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  6. Fabulous illustrations – which comes as no surprise!
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  7. It’s always exciting to meet an author or illustrator, but to meet one from Ireland must have been even more exciting. And who doesn’t love a good Thanksgiving book!

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