The Lost Book of Adventure

with Teddy Keen

Children's Literature Event

If you are reading this, it means my notebooks have been found.

I am leaving them here at camp for safekeeping along with a few other belongings that I won’t be taking with me. The notebooks are a lifetime’s worth of knowledge, which I’m passing on to you.

So reads an excerpt from the weatherworn letter discovered by nature enthusiast Teddy Keen on a recent trip to the Amazon, along with sketchbooks filled with details of extraordinary adventures and escapades, expedition advice and survival methods, annotated with enchanting coloured-pencil drawings. It is thought that the sketchbooks were created for two young relatives of the author.

Drawing on Teddy’s knowledge of the outdoors, the pages of the sketchbooks have been carefully transcribed for young readers, as they were originally intended. And Teddy joins us hear in Kendal to share this one-of-a-kind adventure book.   

You’ll be transported by riveting adventure tales from around the globe, like being dragged off by a hyena in Botswana, surviving a Saharan dust storm, being woken by an intrepid emperor penguin in Antarctica, and coming face-to-face with a venomous bushmaster (one of the most dangerous snakes on the planet)—all told in lyrical prose and illustrations that wonder at the mysterious beauty of the wild. 

  • 'Packed FULL of adventures which are all taken from the notebooks of an unknown adventurer.’ - Bear Grylls

  • ‘A clarion call to the child explorer... a spectacular immersion in the life of the wild.' - The Guardian