Today, I’m taking you on a magical underwater adventure with The Whale Who Wanted More by Rachel Bright and Jim Field. This stunning new picture book captivated my daughter from start to finish.
Rachel Bright and Jim Field are one of our absolute favourite picture book pairings. You know without fail that their books will be packed full of vibrant characters and energetic rhyme. I love how their heart-warming stories always have a beautiful message. The Squirrels Who Squabbled was one of the first books I ever reviewed on Picture Book Perfect and it has become a beloved classic in our house. Just when you think they can’t create a more satisfying picture book, they create The Whale Who Wanted More.
Humphrey roams the sea, collecting ocean treasure. The problem is, while the objects might look nice and shiny to begin with, by the next day they’ve lost their sparkle. No matter how many glitzy objects he collects, Humphrey is still missing that elusive something.
Meanwhile, life on the reef has got a little heated. As the coral creatures bicker, one little crab Crystal spies Humphrey on the move. Can a tiny crab help Humphrey learn what he’s really missing? This gorgeous picture book, reminds us that the things in life that really matter can’t be bought.
If you’re a fan of Rachael and Jim’s books, then you are in for a treat. I think this is their most spectacular book yet! In fact, I think this spread sums it up for me: exquisite illustrations with a kaleidoscope of colour, mixed with bubbly ever-so-satisfying rhyme – Perfection!
I highly recommend The Whale Who Wanted More – my daughters and I adore it!
Published by Hachette, 29 April 2021
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.