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Perplexed by the ending
on 13 October 2006
There is beautiful artwork throughout this book. It tells a wonderful story, until the last couple of pages. The boy tells you all about his wonderful friend, Whale. But at the end he tells you that his friend hasn't come back to him, not last night, nor the night before, etc. The boy is frightened Whale will never come back. That is the end.
What a booby trap this book was. It was a gift to my son for his birthday a couple of years back (he's now five). We sat down to read it, and bang! I was totally unprepared for this ending and didn't know what to say to him. Every now and then he gets the book out and wants me to read it to him. So far he hasn't asked about what the ending means and why Whale might not come back (my son isn't the type to ask much), and I don't know what I'll say when he does ask. I've kept the book because the artwork is lovely and the rest of the story is very good, but maybe it is time to bookcross this book.