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The stunning bestseller by Benji Davies, now in a cased board format!

Noi and his father live in a house by the sea , his father works hard as a fisherman and Noi often has only their six cats for company. So when, one day, he finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm, Noi is excited and takes it home to care for it. He tries to keep his new friend a secret , but but there's only so long you can keep a whale in the bath without your dad finding out. Noi is eventually persuaded that the whale has to go back to the sea where it belongs . For Noi, even though he can't keep it, the arrival of the whale changes his life for the better - the perfect gift from one friend to another.

Winner of the 2014 inaugural Oscar's First Book Prize in association with the Evening Standard, now in a brand new cased board book format!

'A future classic and a must have for the discerning picture book fan' The Booksniffer
'The Storm Whale is an evocative portrayal of a child's need for friendship, told through the sparest of text and imagery in this beautiful picture book' The ReadingZone
'The Storm Whale is one of those rare picture books that evokes loneliness with such fragility, and that conveys such feeling and beauty that it cannot fail to move its readers... an absolute gem, do not miss out' Library Mice
'I have to admit that I was fighting back tears by the end. It's just so incredibly sweet and really pulls the heart strings!' Being Mrs C
'Charming and engaging this book gives lots of scope for child to adult discussion about feeling lonely and saying goodbye to something loved' Love All Blogs
'Poignant, sensitive and understated [...] this is a not to be missed tale where the narrative thrust and emotional span transcends the simplicity of its words' Droplets of Ink

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17th February '15
Read to a child aged 3
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
5 stars
This is a lovely story of friendship, a young boy, Noi, rescues a Whale, from where on there affection for one another blossoms. Benji Davies captures this with his wonderfully atmospheric illustration. This book deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as classics like 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers.
26th April '15
Read to a child aged 4
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
5 stars
We very much enjoyed this story and particularly the illustrations and the warm-feeling that this book leaves you with. You can't help but feel the boy's emotions when he hides the whale, when his Dad finds out and when they return the whale to the sea. The boy, Noi has been lonely which makes you feel a little sad but he soon discovers his father can be a good listener as he felt the whale was. We enjoyed this book and the emotions it made us share. It enabled my son and I to talk about how we thought the boy felt and how we would feel. The illustrations are detailed and very beautiful. We have brought this as a present for a friend who also very much enjoyed it.
1st May '19
I read it to Et2013 aged 5 aged 5 & to Mt2017 aged 2 aged 2
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
5 stars
The Storm Whale is a beautiful book about compassion, loneliness and the power of kindness. Benji Davies has a wonderful writing style, and his illustrations are fantastic and represent the story perfectly. All in all, a perfect picture book.
15th February '18
I read it to bookworm11 aged 6 aged 6
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
5 stars
Great little book, my grandson loved it! 
14th February '19
I read it to aiwilford aged 7 aged 7 & to mrwilford aged 5 aged 5
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
5 stars
We loved this book. It's a very simple story but we have read this after the The Storm Whale in Winter. It opened up lots of questions such as why didn't Noi just put the whale back in the ocean? Where's his mum? Why is Noi lonely? What could be a solution to Nois loneliness? My kids liked this book very much.
2nd February '16
I read it to Little Shell aged 3 aged 3
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
5 stars
This book is a truly perfect example of a picture book. The plot, of a small boy who brings home a stranded whale in an attempt to befriend him, tells a timeless tale of feeling lost and lonely as a child. But it's the marriage of the story with the beautiful, poignant illustrations that makes this book 5-star. The pictures tell so many details that the words can afford to be sparse: it's a visual feast as much a classic tale and it's compellingly atmospheric. 
12th October '16
I read it to Samuel aged 10 months aged 0
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
5 stars
Benji Davies is an award-winning children's author and illustrator. The Storm Whale was his début picture book. It is beautiful.

It tells of a young boy, Noi, and his father who live with their six cats by the sea. Noi's father is a fisherman and he spends long days at sea. Noi is alone a lot of the time and he is lonely.

One night there is a great storm. The following morning, Noi heads to the beach to see what has been left behind. He is surprised to find a beached baby whale. He knows that whales shouldn't be out of the water so he drags him home on his cart and puts him in the bath. Noi sits beside the whale all day and keeps him company. He plays him sea music to help him feel at home and talks to him about his life on the island.

When Noi's father discovers there is a whale in the bath, there can only be one possible conclusion. Noi's dad explains that the whale belongs in the sea. So, with his father's support, Noi says a difficult goodbye to his whale friend.

This is a wonderful story of friendship and kindness. I also love the exploration of the relationship between Noi and his father; Noi's father comes to realise that he has been neglecting his son. After they have returned the storm whale to the ocean, Noi and his father begin to spend much more time together.

The illustrations are wonderful. Benji Davies has created a remote, windswept setting for the story and the isolation of this tiny fishing community mirrors Noi's own feelings of  loneliness. The sea is at times threatening, at times peaceful and idyllic. The depiction of the stormy sea is incredibly atmospheric: dark clouds roll in, the ocean is grey and menacing, and you can almost feel the driving rain as it falls diagonally across the scene. Noi and his father come alive on the page; a bowed head, the gentle touch of a hand, a backwards glance - all convey so much emotion.
1st November '15
Read to a child aged 3
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
5 stars
This is a very sweet story about a lonely little boy who finds a whale washed up on the beach. It is beautifully written & even more beautifully illustrated. It's one of those rare picture books where the illustrations speak louder than the words. You get more and more from it every time you read it. My little boy (aged 3) loves looking at how Noi cares for the whale and loves searching for the six cats on each page. I love reading it to him too. The illustrations really are magical, a book I know I'll never tire of & will be on the bookshelf in (many!) years to come for grandchildren to enjoy :)
17th July '17
I read it to reading groups aged 4 to 11
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
5 stars
You can't keep a whale hidden for long.  Noi discovers that.  But his dad can't be angry because, in finding the whale (in the bath), he's made another discovery: that little Noi is lonely.  Of course the whale can't stay, so out to sea they go, knowing that it is the right thing to do, even though it feels (and looks) cold.  In telling this story with beautiful simplicity, the author has captured sadness and beauty, fear and kindness; taking us on a journey that, at times, is dark and threatening, at others warm and sparkling.
19th January '15
Read to a child aged
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
4 stars
A sweet little story about a lonely boy who befriends a lost whale. The boy's father realises how lonely his son has been and spends more time with him. A happy ending and a few lessons learnt.
23rd November '18
LA12 read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
4 stars
Leo enjoyed this short story about a little boy and his father that live by the sea. One night, after a storm, the boy makes an unusual new friendship which Leo found quite funny. He liked looking for their cats and other little details within the pictures as he was reading. 
25th December '14
Read to children aged 5 & 6
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
4 stars
An endearing story about a boy and his friendship with a whale. Noi finds the whale washed up on the beach and takes him home and puts him in the bath. Noi tells the whale many stories and grows fond of his new friend but Dad returns home and knows where the whale really belongs. They release the whale back into the sea and Noi lets him go with a heavy heart. But the whale returns regularly to see Noi
26th February '18
I read it to Ragdollkhanbaby aged 6 aged 6
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
3 stars
A sweet but a little odd story abut a boy who lives with his Dad and lots of cats by the sea!  I am confused as to how Noi is left home alone so much without an intervention but it is a story after all.  Noi finds a whale washed up on the beach and takes him home and puts him in the bath, hid Dad returns and says they must return him to the sea.  This makes Noi sad but the whale does return to see him.  My son explained this book in one word....Random
29th March '17
I read it to pe324 aged 1 aged 1
The Storm Whale 9781471115684
2 stars
This is a book my LO asks us to read regularly, but I personally find the story very basic and rather disjointed.  The story is very simply about finding a whale washed up on the beach and then returning it to see at the end.  The pictures are beautifully illustrated, and we love spotting the cats on many of the pages.  However, to me it reads like something a child would write, there is no flow to the story and several instances where something is mentioned but never resolved (for example the dad realises that his son is lonely - but nothing more comes of that).
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About Benji Davies

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Benji Davies is an illustrator, author and animation director best known for illustrating the Bizzy Bear series of books. The first picture book he wrote was The Storm Whale which won the Oscar’s Book Prize and was Dutch Picture Book Of The Year 2017. Hi...

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