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The whale in my swimming pool
2015
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Author Notes
<p> Joyce Wan is the author and illustrator of many popular board books, including You Are My Cupcake and We Belong Together . She is also the illustrator of Sandra J. Howett's Sleepyheads . Joyce lives in New York City. Through all her work, she hopes to inspire people to embrace the spirit of childhood and to follow their dreams.</p>
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Genre
Fiction
Juvenile
Animal
Topics
Whales
Marine animals
Swimming
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Using an adorably chunky kawaii aesthetic that fans of her previous books will recognize, Wan (Sleepyheads) serves up a whale-size dilemma. A boy with dot eyes and a round head discovers that an enormous blue whale has taken up residence in (or rather on top of) his kiddie pool, making it look about the size of a teacup saucer. Wan's comedic sensibilities shine as the boy tries various methods to remove the whale, which maintains a state of unruffled serenity. The boy first counts to 10 ("...and when I'm done, you'd better be gone!"), then tries reasoning with it ("Wouldn't you rather swim with other whales?"). Bribing the whale doesn't work, nor does attempting to lift it out of the pool with a construction crane. All the while, the unmoving whale smiles pleasantly and spouts water out of its blowhole. A compromise lets everyone win, while a zinger ending suggests the boy's animal problems are only beginning. Wan's cuddly, candid world is the sort that readers will want to step into again and again. Ages 2-6. Agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Wan's illustrations of rounded figures in bright colors demonstrate her professed inspiration from Japanese pop culture. A toddler in red swim trunks races outside to enjoy his blow-up pool, only to find an enormous blue whale in blissful residence. His mother's response to "Mooooooom, there's a whale in my swimming pool" is "Great honey. Don't forget about sunscreen," so the child attempts relocation via bribery, polite suggestion, and a game of fetch. He even employs a crane-which breaks. He finally decides to share the pool by climbing on the whale, and enjoys riding on its water spout. Unfortunately, when naptime arrives, the child discovers a snoring bear in his bed. Large, colorful illustrations set against ample space make this appropriate for group sharing. VERDICT Though this tale is a bit formulaic, some droll touches, such as the shark in the neighbor's pool, keep it fun.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA © Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
<p>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? Luckily, he comes up with the perfect solution: he decides to chill out on a spray of water over the whale's spout.<br> This colorful whale of a tale from the talented Joyce Wan is sure to inspire giggles from little guppies!</p>
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