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Whale Shines: An Artistic Tailby Fiona Robinson
Synopses & Reviews
From the award-winning author-illustrator of What Animals Really Like, hailed by School Library Journal as sublime silliness,” comes another inspiring tale about defying expectation and finding the artist within.
Praise for Whale Shines
"At its core, Robinsons (What Animals Really Like) story is a tried and true tale of a wallflower realizing his potential. But her understated, offbeat voice and visuals—a mashup of classicism and graphic novel sensibilities—makes this a standout: up-to-the-minute modern in its irreverence and offhandedness, yet timeless in its understanding of a characters yearning."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Sharp contrasts between light and dark are beautiful."
"Children will embrace and understand the sincere, undervalued message of art as substantive and a way to share ones world.” This inspiring tale of artistic collaboration between the whale and bioluminescent plankton will be shared again and again."
—School Library Journal
"The watercolor and pencil art makes excellent use of the spreads wide horizontality; while the art projects and, indeed, the underwater world are on the literal side for such an artistic-themed story, theres a murky charm to life in the briny deep... Whats particularly appealing here is the casual inclusion of a wide variety of approaches to art, making this an entertaining lead-in to art projects, especially those involving the natural world."
—Bulletin of The Center for Childrens Books
"Whale, who makes Eeyore look positively effervescent, has been hired to serve as a cetacean billboard calling for entries to 'The Hugest Art Show in the Deep & Briny.' Everyone from Eel to Wrasse takes up the challenge with the avidity of RISD students on Red Bull ('I'll use these corals as part of my living sculpture at the art show. The audience will love it!' exclaims Wrasse) while Whale looks on with envy: 'I wish I could make something too, but I'm just in advertising.' What Whale needs is a muse, and he gets a bunch of them in the form of bioluminescent phytoplankton, who help him create a performance piece that becomes a sensation. At its core, Robinson's (What Animals Really Like) story is a tried and true tale of a wallflower realizing his potential. But her understated, offbeat voice and visuals — a mashup of classicism and graphic novel sensibilities — makes this a standout: up-to-the-minute modern in its irreverence and offhandedness, yet timeless in its understanding of a character's yearning. Ages 4 — 8. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Fiona Robinson is the author-illustrator of What Animals Really Like, The Useful Moose: A Truthful, Moose-full Tale, and The 3-2-3 Detective Agency. Her work has been honored by the Royal Academy of Arts and has been featured in many gallery shows. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.
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