Author(s): Joe Todd-Stanton
Erin loves to lie on the jetty, looking for the weirdest fish in the sea--the weirder, the better And she knows the best ones must be further out, where her mum won't let her go...
Out there in the deepest sea lies the Black Rock: a huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy any boats that come near it Can Erin uncover the truth behind this mysterious legend?
Todd-Stanton's tale is, at first glance, a deceptively simple tale of acceptance and bravery. However, he deftly infuses his narrative with quiet depth, including a positive ecological slant in which nature wins over machines, and portrays Erin's single mother succeeding in a typically male-dominated profession. The illustrations are dazzling and vibrantly hued, the rich palette just right for the resplendent undersea scenes that adroitly float young readers' sense of magic just under the surface of the mundane. A winner on many levels. -Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
The gentle environmental message takes on a kind of magic in Todd-Stanton's pictures of Erin suspended in the ocean among incandescent jellyfish or facing down a monstrous, weaponised fishing fleet in the moonlight. A young artist to watch. -The Guardian
A fairytale world is created that should enchant children as much as the old-fashioned illustrations that fit the story perfectly. -Youth Services Book Review
Joe Todd-Stanton grew up in Brighton and was taught to draw by his mother, who is also an illustrator. He studied at Bristol University, receiving a first class degree in Illustration. Stanton has been commissioned to work for clients such as Oxford University Press, Usborne Publish and Aquila magazine. His first picture book, Arthur and the Golden Rope, was published by Flying Eye Books in 2016.