Title: The Whale in My Swimming Pool
Written and illustrated by: Joyce Wan
Published by: Farrer, Strauss, Giroux, 2015
Themes/Topics: swimming (paddling) pool, whale, boy
Suitable for ages: 2-5
Race you to the pool!
Whoa… A whale?!
A little boy discovers a whale in his tiny blow up pool in the garden. He tries persuasion, questions and tricks to get the intruding whale out of the water so he can finally have a swim. That whale aint budging! And the little boy must come up with a far better solution, which proves a win/win for him and the whale. The final page in the bedroom is a very satisfactory conclusion to this summer story for the very young.
Why I like This Book:
The text is very short and very toddler-friendly as are the BIG colorful, round illustrations on double-paged spreads. I enjoy how the illustrations capture how huge this creature is, with one spread where we see the whale face on peering at us. The rising frustration of a toddler prevented from swimming by a giant intruder rings very authentic as do his creative solutions. The humor has both kid and adult appeal and it is a story I would not easily tire with rereading.
NB: For my French readers, this is also available in French:
- What would you like to find in your swimming pool?
- What would you NOT like to find in your swimming pool?
- I might pair this with other whale books: The STORM WHALE, IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE and especially DEAR GREENPEACE.
- Check out my interview with author/illustrator, Joyce Wan.
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