I was asked recently to choose my all time favourite picture book. Oh purlease! Where on earth do I start? Where would you start? I could readily reel off a list of my favourites (here are just a few);
- Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
- This is not my hat by Jon Klassen
- Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
- Vegetable Glue by Susan Chandler
- Anything by Alain Gree
But seriously, how do I choose? So after much deliberation, I plumped for a book that immediately held a place in my heart. It has won a number of awards and it’s creator is a genuinely nice chap too and that’s why I chose ‘The Storm Whale’ by Benji Davies.
This beautiful story follows a boy called Noi and the relationship with his Father. The pair live on an island where Noi’s Dad spends all day fishing and Noi is pretty much left to his own devices during the day.
He comes across a little whale, washed up on the shore and immediately Noi comes to the whale’s aid.
Noi cares for the whale, feeds him and tells him stories, forging a bond so strong, Noi’s only worry is how his Father will react to a whale in his bath.
But Noi’s Dad isn’t cross and he is more concerned that he hadn’t realised how lonely Noi must have been, so together, they take the whale back to where he belongs and they watch the whale reunited with its family once again.
Thank you Benji Davies, a book we will always treasure.