Soon after Frank’s second TOON book, Sea Change came out in May 2016, it was chosen as a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Both Publishers Weekly and Toronto Life included Sea Change in their best of summer lists and Indigo picked it as one of their Top Ten Canadian Books. The Globe and Mail included the book in their spring preview of most anticipated Canadian Reads (and they gave the book a thoughtful review). In addition to receiving three starred reviews, the book has been short-listed for a Red Maple award.
Frank’s first TOON book, A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. The New York Times said, “Viva’s debut, Along a Long Road, was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2011, and he brings that same visual audacity and forward momentum to his first early reader.” The book went on to win the Cybils Award for Young Readers and was one of Apartment Therapy’s Best Children’s Books of 2012.
Frank Viva’s Sea Change is a magical book, a deft, understated chronicle of the moment a young boy passes from childhood into something altogether more mysterious – and terrifying – almost without being aware of it himself.
Quill & Quire (starred review)
This book begs to be shared again and again.
School Library Journal
Beautiful vistas are conjured, especially of the small boat under an open starry sky. The penguins – four different types – are standouts. Like many children, Mouse spends much of his time wanting to go home, until he leaves, then he wants to go back. Readers will, too, again and again.