Nature is fascinating in itself, but this doesn’t always carry across in non-fiction books that are purportedly written for young children, but which are bogged down by dull text and dry facts. Thankfully, we seem to be in a golden age of picture books, where even non-fiction works are increasingly becoming as readable and aesthetically pleasing as their fiction counterparts — and a shining example of this renaissance is The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond.
Kids know an empty threat when they hear one. So when his exasperated mom threatens to buy him a blue whale if he doesn’t start to listen, Billy Twitters doesn’t take her seriously. That is, until the said whale arrives at his front door the next morning — delivered overnight by FedUp (a witty play on FedEx).
A little boy, Noi, who lives on a quiet island with his fisherman father and six cats, stumbles upon a beached baby whale and sets about helping it.