The Whale in My Swimming Pool

The Whale in My Swimming Pool

Book - 2015
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A young boy discovers a whale in his pool and tries everything he can think of to get it out.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374300371
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Jul 19, 2018

This book is a sweet summer read and a good reminder that you don't always have control of things, but sometimes you can take a problem and find a way to work with it and the outcome is excellent and more than you'd even hoped for!

ArapahoeKati Oct 24, 2016

Bought this for a friend's baby shower. It's fun to read aloud plus it has these great eye-catching thick line drawings. Found myself laughing along.

Jun 16, 2016

SUMMARY: A little boy goes outside to swim in his wading pool only to find a whale has taken over. The boy tries everything to remove the whale including reasoning, begging, bribing and even using a crane to lift the whale out. Nothing works. The boy is at the end of his patience when he thinks of a solution that will make everyone happy.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations appear to be digitally rendered. They are simple for younger readers with chunky lines and are very colorful.

THE GOOD: This story has a lot of humor as the boy tries one idea after another to get the whale out of his swimming pool. I especially love when he tries to bribe the whale with his allowance. The simplicity of this story makes it a perfect funny story for the youngest crowd from toddler to preschool. Because of the few words in the story, this would be a great book for an emerging reader for independent reading or shared reading.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The writing is extremely simplistic. I know this is the style the author has chosen and many love this style of using very few words to convey meaning. But I always feel like it needs more. I also do not prefer the chunky art style in picture books as it makes me feel like I am watching a television cartoon instead of reading a book. These are preference issues though and not quality issues

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 1-4. I think 2-5 would be a better age range.

LibrLdyMapleValley Apr 07, 2016

This was a hit in story time! The kids laughed throughout the entire Whale moving event and enjoyed the solution he came up with in the end. Great for 3-5 year olds on a hot summer day.

Shayne718 Jul 21, 2015

What exactly is pleasingly intermediate ethnicity? Anyway this book is okay, I read it with a group of 4 and 5 year olds and they enjoyed it. The little boy in the story tried many different things to get this whale out of the swimming pool, eventually coming up with a solution that was good for both him and the whale. A cute and funny story good for children of this age with lots of pictures and not too many words.


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