If you want to see a whale, you will need to know what not to look at.
Pink roses, pelicans, possible pirates . . .
If you want to see a whale, you have to keep your eyes on the sea, and wait . . .
and wait . . . and wait . . .
In this quiet and beautiful picture book by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead, the team that created the "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor book "And Then It's Spring," a boy learns exactly what it takes to catch a glimpse of an elusive whale.
A Neal Porter Book
A "Publishers Weekly" Best Children's Book of 2013
A "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of 2013.
"To find a picture book that attempts to explore the patient, persistent and solitary pursuit at the heart of creativity is unusual; to find one that succeeds in making such an abstract process comprehensible to children is extraordinary....The author-illustrator team responsible for the bestselling “And Then It’s Spring” has again produced something truly unique, melding a hypnotic text with translucent, light-filled illustrations that invite young readers to climb aboard, row diligently, keep looking and experience the wonder of the journey for themselves. --The Washington Post"Fogliano’s words are carved and measured. This is a writer who takes her time, and the leaps she makes with language surprise and thrill." --The New York TimesStarred Review, Booklist, April 1, 2013 issue:"A gorgeous love song to the imagination . . . It’s breathtaking . . . Fans will be waiting." -- Booklist, starred review
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2013 issue:"Readers will gape at the two enormous, whale-sized talents at work in this transfixing picture book." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, March 18, 2013 issue: "Stead’s pencil and linoleum prints—as delicate, understated, and imaginative as ever—take exciting creative license with Fogliano’s expressive writing."
"The same pair that brought us And Then It’s Spring (rev. 1/12) returns with a book that has a similar overall feel but a completely different story. . . this one takes on the possibility of imagination." -- The Horn Book
"Her [Stead's] work is often a study in composition, with horizon lines recurring like a chorus, counterpointed with subtle or strong diagonals and swoops. The whale itself is legitimately
humongous yet also clearly wise and benign, politely presenting itself to the presumably well-pleased whale searchers. This could be an inducement to some imaginary eyes-shut travel, or just an offbeat choice for sending kids off to dreamland." -- BCCB