In this quiet and beautiful picture book by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead, the team that created the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book And Then It's Spring, a boy learns exactly what it takes to catch a glimpse of an elusive whale.
A Neal Porter Book
A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013
IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE book trailer
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2013 issue:"Readers will gape at the two enormous, whale-sized talents at work in this transfixing picture book." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, March 18, 2013 issue: "Stead’s pencil and linoleum prints—as delicate, understated, and imaginative as ever—take exciting creative license with Fogliano’s expressive writing."
"The same pair that brought us And Then It’s Spring (rev. 1/12) returns with a book that has a similar overall feel but a completely different story. . . this one takes on the possibility of imagination." -- The Horn Book
"Her [Stead's] work is often a study in composition, with horizon lines recurring like a chorus, counterpointed with subtle or strong diagonals and swoops. The whale itself is legitimately
humongous yet also clearly wise and benign, politely presenting itself to the presumably well-pleased whale searchers. This could be an inducement to some imaginary eyes-shut travel, or just an offbeat choice for sending kids off to dreamland." -- BCCB
Download the If You Want to See a Whale projects for children to do at home and in the classroom
Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead