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Picture Book Review: The Fisherman & The Whale

The Fisherman & The Whale

Children's Books

Picture Book Review: The Fisherman & The Whale

I love these wordless stories for the artwork, which has to be amazing to carry the book.

We received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review Date: May 29th, 2019

Written by: Jessica Lanan


Cover Copy

A fisherman takes his son for a trip out on the water. When they encounter a whale entangled at sea, they realize a connection that transcends species.

The Fisherman & The Whale


This is a beautifully illustrated wordless picture book, meant to draw a thoughtfulness from the child reading it, allowing them to point out things in the story and tell it, essentially, to themselves. Madeline, however, insisted that I explain every page because she didn’t like the idea of explaining it herself. So. There’s that.

I have to laugh and roll my eyes a bit at that, but we all have our preferences, and apparently this child prefers to be told a story than to find it herself. I, on the other hand, love wordless stories for the artwork, which has to be amazing to carry the book. This is no exception. It’s so beautiful, and the use of the spread going vertically in some of the images is absolutely perfect. It’s a really lovely book. I love the message behind it. I’d actually love to see several books like this in a series featuring people helping animals in trouble in ways they are currently in trouble.

The Fisherman & The Whale

Kid Ratings

  • Font Readability: N/A
  • Kid Engagement: 8/10
  • Mommy Engagement: 10/10

Reader, Author, Bookstagrammer, and Mom; Alexis runs Nerdy Post, a fandom artwork box as well as serves as chief editor and writer on Drop and Give me Nerdy.

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