The Whale in My Swimming Pool –

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The Whale in My Swimming Pool
written & illustrated by Joyce Wan
Ages: 2-6
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux | Macmillan
Published: April 7, 2015
ISBN-10: 0374300372
ISBN-13: 978-0374300371

E-book Versions:

Also available in board book format:
 May 24, 2016
ISBN-10: 0374301883
ISBN-13: 978-0374301880


   A Junior Library Guild Selection

One sunny day, a little boy heads outside for a swim, but his pool is already taken. There’s a big whale in the water and it’s not budging! The boy tries everything to get the whale to leave. Nothing seems to work. Not fetch. Not tag. Not even offering his allowance. What’s a boy to do? A picture book about a boy who makes the best of an unusual situation.

This colorful whale of a tale from the talented Joyce Wan is sure to inspire giggles from little guppies!


"Her curvilinear and comforting style recalls Hello Kitty and other Japanese pop art in its fat dark lines and squat characters, but the hero has an antic physicality and a wide range of emotional expressions. Her world feels safe and joyful, even as the hero experiences anger and frustration."  The New York Times

"Both very silly and very appealing." Kirkus Reviews

"Wan's cuddly, candid world is the sort that readers will want to step into again and again." – Publisher's Weekly

"Large, colorful illustrations set against ample space make this appropriate for group sharing." – School Library Journal