The Old Boat (Hardcover)

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On a small farm, an old truck worked hard. Off a small island, an old boat rode the tide. So begin two warmly illustrated books that send readers on a journey through the years. The vehicles in these books center stories about how people, families, and homes change overtime. The Old Truck celebrates imagination and determination. The Old Boat explores the natural world and perseverance. Both books transport readers on terrific tales, perfect for any truck or boat lovers, and for anyone who enjoys a heartfelt story. 

— Claire, Wild Rumpus


The creators of The Old Truck set sail with an old boat and an evocative, intricately crafted exploration of home and family.

Off a small island,

an old boat sets sail

and a young boy

finds home.

Together, boy and boat ride the shifting tides, catching wants and wishes until fate calls for a sea change. Brothers and collaborators Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey’s newest picture book is a masterfully crafted celebration of the natural world and tribute to the families we make and the homes that we nurture.

About the Author

Jarrett Pumphrey is an author/illustrator and the former CEO of a tech startup. Originally from Houston, he now lives in Austin, Texas.

Jerome Pumphrey is an illustrator and a graphic designer at The Walt Disney Company. Originally from Houston, he now lives in Austin, Texas.

Praise For…

A quiet, thought-provoking story of environmental change and the power humans have to slow it.
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Product Details
ISBN: 9781324005179
ISBN-10: 1324005173
Publisher: Norton Young Readers
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2021
Pages: 56
Language: English