Maybe A Whale was reviewed in The Wall Street Journal!
One of my poems will ride the bus!
Thrilled that one of my poems has been selected for Poetry In Transit and will be displayed on a Translink Bus this Fall! Let me know if you see it!!
FULL LIST OF POETS HERE
MAYBE A WHALE has received the prestigious JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD GOLD STANDARD SELECTION!
Thrilled to learn that the JLG seal will be on our book!
We also got our Kirkus review!
It's wonderful! Click HERE or read it below:
MAYBE A WHALE
A gentle yet profound story about a shared journey to peace.
Maybe a search for a whale might uncover a way to heal and remember.
A mother and child—both beige-skinned, dark-haired, and presenting as Asian—look through items left by Grandpa, presumably after his death, that provide a route to follow to search for whales. The child is skeptical at Mom’s assurance that “the trip will do us good,” but the two of them set out in a bright yellow kayak on emerald water, where a giant unseen whale glides silently beneath them. They see moon jellies, seals, and bioluminescence—but no whales. At night, mother and child look up into a star-filled sky, and the little one wonders if whales can see stars. Mom tells the child that Grandpa loved whales, too, and that he will be in their hearts forever, and together, they work through their grief, finding companionship in nature. An offshore sound announces that whales are in fact nearby, blowing spray into the air. Pendreigh’s evocative text alternates between narration and the protagonist’s inner thoughts, offering excellent conversation starters for helping children deal with loss. Smith’s immersive illustrations, which at times have heavy lines, nevertheless make use of dramatic perspectives, imaginative compositions, and a luminous palette of deep blues, greens, purples, and yellows to lend emotional depth to the tale. (This book was reviewed digitally.)
A gentle yet profound story about a shared journey to peace. (Picture book. 3-7)
Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2023
Page Count: 36
Review Posted Online: June 8, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2023