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The Snail and the Whale [Illustrated] [Board book]

Julia Donaldson , Axel Scheffler
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)

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4 Aug 2006
The thrilling tale of a tiny snail and a great big grey-blue humpback whale . . . Now in sturdy, board book format!

Product details

  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Campbell Books; 1 edition (4 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405054255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405054256
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Donaldson, the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard.

The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is now a children's classic and publishing phenomenon; celebrating 15 years in 2014, selling over 3 million copies worldwide, was voted Great Britain's favourite bedtime story on BBC Radio 2 and was adapted and broadcast as an animation on BBC 1 on Christmas Day 2009. The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom are now also films, with Room on the Broom shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. Julia Donaldson's most recent books with Axel Scheffler include Superworm (2012), Highway Rat (2011), Tabby McTat (2010), Stick Man (2009) and Tiddler (2008).

Julia Donaldson has also published work with David Roberts, Nick Sharratt, Emily Gravett, Rebecca Cobb, and Lydia Monks. Her collaboration with Lydia Monks began in 2003, with the first collection of Princess Mirror-Belle stories. The fabulously glittery Sugarlump and the Unicorn is their sixth, and most recent, picture book collaboration. She also writes poems, plays, songs and fiction for older children and, together with her husband Malcolm, has performed her wonderful stage shows all over the world.

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One tiny snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail who saves the day.

About the Author

Julia Donaldson is one of the UK's most successful picture book authors, whose titles regularly appear at the top of the bestseller lists -- most notably the acknowledged modern classic and Smarties Gold Award winner THE GRUFFALO (0 333 71093 2), together with ROOM ON THE BROOM (0 333 90338 2) and THE SMARTEST GIANT IN TOWN (0 333 96144 7), all illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Julia is also much in demand for her brilliant events for children at schools, libraries and literary festivals. Axel Scheffler has achieved worldwide acclaim for his illustrations, and his books have been translated into over 27 languages. His has a wicked eye for character and his humorous drawings are the perfect complement to Julia's witty, vibrant verse.

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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from a teacher 5 April 2005
By Gemmad
I have read this book to children in Year 2 and 3, all of which loved it. The illustrations are beautiful and there are many lessons which can tie in with the books themes; travel, friendship, rhyming etc.
A lovely story which is especially suitable for 5-8 year olds.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous tale of a snail and a whale 7 April 2007
By Gael
Although my daughter is only 11 months old she just loves having this gorgeous story read to her and can spend ages turning the pages of her board book version.

For me, it is an absolute delight to read and look at, and difficult to decide which is more enchanting - the words or the illustrations.

Her other favourite is the Gruffalo and she has started to point to the owl and the snake, and of course the Gruffalo, when I ask her to show me where they are, and I am hoping that she soon starts to get the same developmental benefit from the Snail and the Whale as I can think of no finer introduction to the concept of relating words to images than the works of Donaldson and Scheffler.

PS I love the scared face of the woman in green in the speedboat "Buzz".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read childrens' book 26 Feb 2007
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Anyone who has not read this book is missing an absloute treat. There are so many books for children available that sometimes it is difficult to know what to buy, but this will never disappoint. It is a heart-warming story told in rhyme with beautiful illustrations and it gives children an important message about friendship. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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158 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Snail and the Whale 18 Sep 2003
Another super children's story from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Those who have read Julia's previous works, such as the Gruffalo, The Monkey Puzzle, Room on the Broom and the Smartest Giant in Town, will recognise the pleasing, rhythmic style and carefully crafted structure of the story as well as the quality of Axel Scheffler's glorious illustrations which bring this enchanting story to life.
It is the story of a tiny sea snail who wants to travel the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. They travel the world together and, when the whale gets into trouble, the snail manages to pay his fare by getting the help of some school children.
A truly lovely picture book story which parents and grandparents will enjoy reading as much as the children will enjoy hearing again and again.
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133 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rhyming picture book - a winner 24 Oct 2004
This book is popular with both my 13 month old and my almost 3 year old. It is written in a lilting rhyme which is great to read aloud - I really do enjoy reading it to them, and interesting, detailed illustrations. The story is simple but touches on so many themes you'd like little children to think about; the desire to see new and amazing things, why even when you're small you can make a big difference, and helping out someone who needs it. I would thoroughly recommend this book for those with little children, and I'm sure it will be a favourite in our house for a long time to come.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story for young children 14 Aug 2007
My daughter, 5, borrowed this book from the local library. I suspect I'm going to have to buy it as she won't want to return it!! It really is a wonderful story with great verse. The message behind the story will appeal to children interested in animals and the marriage of small and large.

Cannot fault it.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Things Come in Small Packages 24 July 2006
By Cynthia
This book is excellent! It shows you that anyone can become friends with each other. In this book, a snail and a whale become friends and travel together. When trouble arises, the snail becomes the hero. This book is great for young children showing them that if you put your mind to something, you can accomplish anything even how small you are.

Cynthia Marie Rizzo, author of "Julie and the Unicorn" and "Angela and the Princess"
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Voyage 25 Jan 2004
By A Customer
This wonderful book has the flow of a song, almost Dylan Thomas in its pace and grace (no pun intended). Shows the wonder of travel and lets small children know that they can make a difference and that being small does not mean they are not capable or important.
Need a new copy now as the first one is worn out with love.
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