Now 2023 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

The American Highway by William Kaszynski
Blizzard by John Rocco
The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King
Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
Don Eddy: The Art of Paradox by Donald B. Kuspit
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
Finding Someplace by Denise Lewis Patrick
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
The Flying Squad by Edgar Wallace
George by Alex Gino
Ghoul Interrupted by Victoria Laurie
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 by Ed Piskor
In the Driver's Seat by Cynthia Golomb Dettelbach
Last Message by Shane Peacock
The Lincoln Highway by Michael Wallis
Magic Thinks Big by Elisha Cooper
A Murderous Yarn by Monica Ferris
My Name Is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada
Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester
The Spider by Elise Gravel
A Spirited Gift by Joyce Lavene
A Stitch in Time by Monica Ferris
Tommy Can't Stop! by Tim Federle
Unraveled Sleeve by Monica Ferris
Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long
The Vacation by Polly Horvath
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Woundabout by Lev A.C. Rosen

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

Sophie Scott Goes South: 11/22/15

Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison LesterSophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester is a fictional picture book based on an actual trip that the author took to Antartica on a research vessel.

As we're a hundred years out from the initial explorations of Antartica there's been a renewed interest in books about the expeditions. Now Sophie Scott Goes South is at the head of the trend, maybe it's the trend setter. But it does share the same hallmarks: mini-portraits of the crew, cutaways of the ship, descriptions of the equipment, etc.

drawing of the crew drawing of the crew
drawing of the crew drawing of the crew

While the basic plot is Sophie Scott goes to Antartica on her father's ship and learns about antarctic exploration, each page is crammed with little doodles that provide further explanation. There are also photographs from the author's actual trip, though the majority of the book is written to be Sophie's journal and her drawings.

There's a layer by layer look at how to dress for Antarctica with Sophie as the model:

drawing of Sophie and her clothing

And at the bottom of the same page, a carefully drawn diagram of all the different types of icebergs one might see:

iceberg drawing

And it's that attention to detail that makes Sophie Scott Goes South my favorite of all the recent Antartica books I've read.

Five stars

Comments (0)

Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2023 Sarah Sammis