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Whole Whale

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ISBN: 9781646861637

Written by Karen Yin
Illustrated by Nelleke Verhoeff

No one likes to be left out! Laugh along with the BIG book that fosters both kindness and mathematics. Young readers will giggle with delight as one hundred unusual animals try to squeeze into the oversized pages of this raucous rhyming tale. “But can we fit a whole blue whale?” is repeated throughout, as more animals join the melange. The humorously explosive ending features an expansive double gatefold. Educational endnotes list the 100 animals in the book.

Key Selling Points:

  • INTERACTIVE: Silly, rhyming text invites readers to assess, re-assess and make predictions.
  • ENGAGING FORMAT: The book’s large format and gatefold at the end fully immerse children in the reading experience.
  • VISUALLY DRIVEN: Nelleke Verhoeff’s wacky and loveable illustrations drive the story line while providing humor and interest.
  • STEM: The book introduces a variety of unusual animals and encourages children to count and make estimates.

More Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.85 x 11.85 inches
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Age Range: Ages 3-6 years

Awards & Accolades

  • Our Best Kids Books of 2021, Phoenix Public Library, 2021

“The artwork is cheerful and bright with high-contrast colors, depicting wonderfully unusual animals like rooks, rhinos, crabs, koalas, tapirs, skinks, and quails, all interacting with joy . . . But perhaps the truest charm of this book lies in its language, rich with assonance, alliteration, and internal and end rhymes and liltingly cadenced with read-aloud rhythm” – Booklist

“Yin debuts with a colorful reminder about inclusion . . . Recommended for early childhood collections, this brisk and funny rhyming story will be a hit at story times” – The School Library Journal

“Yin’s precisely cadenced rhymes and artful alliteration are a joy to read. Verhoeff’s colorful images, which carry the weight of the denouement, also show the animals interacting and problem solving as part of a vibrant community” – Mombian

About the Contributors

Written by - Karen Yin
Lambda Literary Fellow Karen Yin is an author-illustrator living in Southern California. The founder of Conscious Style Guide, Karen embraces inclusiveness and making space for all. She is a proud member of the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Whole Whale is her debut picture book.
Illustrated by - Nelleke Verhoeff
Nelleke Verhoeff started her career performing shows for children, but then discovered her passion for art. She has since illustrated several books and was a finalist in the Silent Book Contest at the 2018 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Nelleke lives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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