Eric Fan and Terry Fan
Ocean Meets Sky

Lincoln Children’s Books (4+)

978-1-78603-205-8 (hardback)

Finn and his grandfather share a love of the sea. The stories Grandfather tells of the magical place where ocean meets sky inspire Finn and fill him with wonder. So, when Grandfather is no longer there, Finn seeks to honour him by building a boat which will take him on a journey to reach the realm of the magical stories he carries in his heart.

Finn’s epic journey is rendered with exquisite detail and a colour palette which is sumptuous yet subdued. Rich, subtle tones of aqua and gold infuse the illustrations and there is a remarkable attention to detail, from the striped jumper which serves as the sail on Finn’s makeshift boat, to the leaves on the books of the Library Islands and the whiskers of the great golden fish. Use of light, dark and shadow bring to life the moon jellies, the whorls of conch shells and that place where ocean liners, galleons, whales, octopi and fish of all sorts share the same dimension. A remarkable book that explores themes of loss, family and the healing power of the imagination.


Eric Fan is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. Born in Hawaii and raised in Toronto, he attended the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he studied illustration, sculpture and film. He has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions and impossible dreams. The Night Gardener was his first children’s book.

Terry Fan received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. He spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits and prints. The Night Gardener was his first book. Born in Illinois, he now lives in Toronto.

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