A compelling story about accepting someone new. Birt and Etho are best friends. Together they play on Sudden Hill, making marvellous contraptions out of cardboard boxes. But then a new boy, Shu, wants to join in too. Etho is happy to welcome him. Birt isn't so sure. Eaten up with jealousy, he goes home and refuses to come out to play. Until Etho and Shu come to his house with the most marvellous cardboard contraption so far... The Storm Whale won the 2014 inaugural Oscar's First Book Prize in association with the Evening Standard. Praise for The Storm Whale by Benji Davies "A future classic and a must have for the discerning picture book fan" The Booksniffer "The Storm Whale is an evocative portrayal of a child's need for friendship, told through the sparest of text and imagery in this beautiful picture book." The ReadingZone "One of those rare picture books that evokes loneliness with such fragility...it cannot fail to move its readers... an absolute gem, do not miss out." Library Mice "I have to admit that I was fighting back tears by the end. It's just so incredibly sweet and really pulls the heart strings!" Being Mrs C "Poignant, sensitive and understated [...] this is a not to be missed tale where the narrative thrust and emotional span transcends the simplicity of its words." Droplets of Ink
There are 32 pages in this book. This is a picture book. A picture book uses pictures and text to tell the story. The number of words varies from zero ('wordless') to around 1k over 32 pages. Picture books are typically aimed at young readers (age 3-6) but can also be aimed at older children (7+). This book was published 2014 by Simon & Schuster Ltd .
Benji Davies is an animation director and illustrator of children's books. He lives in London with his wife, Nina.