Synopses & Reviews
A nonfiction picture book, The Blue Whale draws children into the life and world of this enormous whale by situating facts within a familiar context that is fun and engaging. Here, readers are given the actual size of an eye right on the page, and we are informed how understand this whale's body size in relation to trucks, cars, milk bottles, and hippos! With an accurate and engaging text, fully vetted by a blue whale expert, and lyrically lovely illustrations, The Blue Whale is a book that invites children in and holds their attention. Its tempo is like a pleasing melody, which means that the information never becomes too weighty or exhaustingand#151;a key thing when it comes to young readers and their enjoyment of a book!
A graduate of the renowned MA children's book illustration program at the Cambridge School of Art (ARU), Jenni Desmond works from her studio in London, England. She uses collage, paint, and pencil crayons to create her artwork, which she then scans and edits by computer. Jenni strives to make her illustrations entertaining, beautiful, and funny in equal measure. Her first picture book Red Cat Blue Cat (Blue Apple Books, 2012) won the Cambridgeshire Read it Again Picture Book Award 2013, and she has shown her artwork in many exhibitions in the United Kingdom, including the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition.
and#147;While excellent nonfiction allows readers to learn something completely new, it also has the ability to make readers see something familiar with fresh eyes. The Blue Whale does exactly that. . . You think you know blue whales. Poor thing. You have much to learn. Start with this book.and#8221;
-- Travis Jonker, School Library Journal
and#147;whale lovers will breach with happiness over this rich, artful mix of fact and frolic.and#8221;
-- Kirkus Reviews
and#147;Desmond discusses the whaleand#8217;s size, how it eats, and its various capabilities, in sentences that seem destined to leave readersand#8217; jaws permanently dropped . . . A thorough, rewarding tribute to a majestic animal.and#8221;
-- STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly
and#147;Filled with strikingly beautiful watercolor illustrations, the book shows what impossible fun it would be to hang out in such close proximity to the majestic blue whale.and#8221;
-- Abby McGanney Nolan, The Washington Post
and#147;This is one of those nonfiction books whose facts somehow make me cry. Itand#8217;s partly the set up in the authorand#8217;s note that blue whales are few in number due to human activity, from hunting to pollution. But itand#8217;s not just that. Itand#8217;s the way this material is handledand#151;from how the text is constructed to the dreamy illustrations.and#8221;
-- This Picture Book Life
A nonfiction picture book full of great charm and beauty, The Blue Whale is both informative and completely captivating!
About the Author
Jenni Desmond: Jenni Desmond is an up and coming young illustrator whose books have been published by Walker Books in London and by Blue Apple in the US.