By day, I'm a domestic violence prosecutor. By night, I read romance to restore my faith in love, relationships, and humanity in general.
Wilbur's favorite story is the Legend of the Golden Snail, a magical "snailing ship" controlled by the Grand Enchanter. Wilbur's mother makes him a tricorn cap, and Wilbur and his trusty sidekick (his cat) gather supplies and embark on a flight of imagination, sailing to the Ends of the Earth to find the Golden Snail. On the journey, they encounter strange and wondrous sights: a wilting butterfly tree (which Wilbur waters), a sea monster snared in a net (which Wilbur cuts free), and lantern fish beset by pirates (whom Wilbur routs). All of Wilbur's good turns result in help when he and his little boat get into trouble, subtly teaching kids the lesson that kindness pays.
The story is great, but the best part of this book is the illustrations, which are simply gorgeous: beautifully composed, full of brilliant color and rich detail. My son often asks me to wait before turning the pages just so he can stare at the pictures for a while. Also, every page has a snail hidden somewhere in the illustration, so when the story is done, kids can go back and find them, adding yet more fun to an already pretty great book.