The Pumphrey Brothers present The Old Boat

Event date: 
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 7:00pm
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A boy, a boat, and the power of change!

The Old Boat book cover

Once Upon A Time presents acclaimed author and illustrator sibling team, Jarret and Jerome Pumphrey, and their new picture book The Old Boat. This quite, and thought-provoking story from the creators who brought us The Old Truck, will encourage readers to think about the change they can bring to our environment. 

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Praise for The Old Truck:

An instant classic. -- BookPage (starred review)

About The Old Boat: Off a small island, a boy and his grandfather set sail in their beloved fishing boat. They ride the waves, catching wants and wishes and seeing the wonders of the ocean. But soon the boy is sailing the boat himself, drifting further from shore as the waters grow muddied and turbulent. When a storm washes him ashore, he sees home in a new light. He decides to turn the tides of his fortune, cleaning the island's waters and creating a new life with a family to call his own.


Jarrett Pumphrey author photo provided by publisher

About the author: Jarrett has been a storyteller most his life, both on his own and in collaboration with Jerome. While their earliest work remains locked in a drawer—the key long lost for good measure—their first co-authored book, Creepy Things Are Scaring Me, was published by HarperCollins in 2003.

Since then, Jarrett has been honing his skills of storytelling as an entrepreneur. He’s served as creative director for multiple technology companies and, most recently, as co-founder and CEO of a startup in the high-tech world of clear removable orthodontics. During his time there, he and his team crafted a compelling story, built a brand around it, and then sold it all in late 2017.

A member of SCBWI, Jarrett now spends his time writing and drawing in his home near Austin, TX, where he lives with his wife, their two boys, and a dog named Whiskey. When he’s not writing or drawing, you might find him fishing on a river somewhere or tinkering under the hood of his new old F100.


Jerome Pumphrey author photo provided by publisher

About the illustrator: Jerome is a designer, illustrator, and writer, originally from Houston, TX. He studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Austin and has worked as a technical writer, freelance graphic designer, and illustrator. 

Since 2016 he has been a graphic designer at The Walt Disney Company where he uses design and illustration to visually tell stories in print, digital, and immersive experiences for Disney global business development. He works primarily from his home office near Austin, TX, where he lives with his wife, daughter, and son.

Jerome is a member of the SCBWI and shares a previous author credit with Jarrett for Creepy Things Are Scaring Me (HarperCollins, 2003), which they wrote as teenagers.


Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 PM Pacific Time 

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