This book is a sweet summer read and a good reminder that you don't always have control of things, but sometimes you can take a problem and find a way to work with it and the outcome is excellent and more than you'd even hoped for!
Bought this for a friend's baby shower. It's fun to read aloud plus it has these great eye-catching thick line drawings. Found myself laughing along.
SUMMARY: A little boy goes outside to swim in his wading pool only to find a whale has taken over. The boy tries everything to remove the whale including reasoning, begging, bribing and even using a crane to lift the whale out. Nothing works. The boy is at the end of his patience when he thinks of a solution that will make everyone happy.
ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations appear to be digitally rendered. They are simple for younger readers with chunky lines and are very colorful.
THE GOOD: This story has a lot of humor as the boy tries one idea after another to get the whale out of his swimming pool. I especially love when he tries to bribe the whale with his allowance. The simplicity of this story makes it a perfect funny story for the youngest crowd from toddler to preschool. Because of the few words in the story, this would be a great book for an emerging reader for independent reading or shared reading.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The writing is extremely simplistic. I know this is the style the author has chosen and many love this style of using very few words to convey meaning. But I always feel like it needs more. I also do not prefer the chunky art style in picture books as it makes me feel like I am watching a television cartoon instead of reading a book. These are preference issues though and not quality issues
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 1-4. I think 2-5 would be a better age range.
This was a hit in story time! The kids laughed throughout the entire Whale moving event and enjoyed the solution he came up with in the end. Great for 3-5 year olds on a hot summer day.
While I love this kind of cute art in things like stickers or keychains or toys, it feels kind of flat and boring over the course of an entire picture book. The story's okay, but nothing new. Overall: meh.
What exactly is pleasingly intermediate ethnicity? Anyway this book is okay, I read it with a group of 4 and 5 year olds and they enjoyed it. The little boy in the story tried many different things to get this whale out of the swimming pool, eventually coming up with a solution that was good for both him and the whale. A cute and funny story good for children of this age with lots of pictures and not too many words.
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