Title: Ida and the Whale
Author: Rebecca Gugger
Illustrator: Simon Roethlisberger
Gazing out of her high-up tree house, Ida wonders about what lies beyond the stars. Then a gigantic flying whale takes her on an unexpected adventure to find out. Constantly playing with opposites, the gigantic whale answers tiny Ida’s big questions. Ida sees a world where everything is upside down (even the text of the story!) and learns that you can be close to someone even when you can’t see them.
I was hooked by the quirky premise of this book: a gigantic flying whale. And my favourite spread is when we first met the whale and see his vast size. Yet something about this incredibly beautiful illustration instantly made me feel like a gigantic flying whale was entirely possible. I adored the illustrations throughout.
This story has an irresistible premise with spectacular illustrations that guide you through a magical world. It is a lovely, heart-warming story of friendship and self-discovery.
Picture Book Perfect Rating:
Four out of five stars.
Publisher: North-South Books
Publication date: 2 April 2019
ISBN: 978 0735843417
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with an advanced digital copy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.