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The storm whale in winter
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Benji Davies is the author and illustrator of The Storm Whale and the illustrator of Big Friends by Linda Sarah and Goodnight Already! by Jory John. As a child, Benji was often found painting at the kitchen table . . . a habit he has continued into adulthood. He lives in London with his wife, Nina.
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Noi (Boy), Lives with his father, a fisherman, in a house by the sea; has six cats to keep him company; his island is covered in snow and ice; worried about the little whale he rescued last summer
Fathers and sons
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Noi helped care for a young beached whale in Davies's The Storm Whale, and although the two parted ways at the end of that book, the whale gets a chance to return the favor in a sequel with its own high stakes. When Noi's father doesn't return after taking his fishing boat out on an icy day, Noi ventures after him ("I must be careful! he thought, stepping out onto the thick ice"). He finds his father's boat, but not his father, and just when Noi's fear reaches its apex, the whale and its pod appear and help push the stranded boat through the ice back to shore. Once again, Davies's careful storytelling and muted artwork draw substantial emotional depth out of Noi and his father's seaside life, a setting both realistic and dashed with magic. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this sequel to The Storm Whale, Noi misses the friend he rescued and released back into the sea. As winter approaches, the boy's father makes a final trip in his fishing boat. When an evening storm arrives, Noi decides he must search for his dad by venturing onto the ice. Despite the blinding snow, he eventually reaches the boat only to discover that his father is gone. What to do? In a reversal of familiar accounts of humans helping whales trapped by ice, the storm whale and his family push the small boy and the boat back to shore for a joyful reunion. Yes, the story is improbable, but friendship often generates its own magic. The illustrations of rugged coastlines contrast with those of the cozy interior of Noi's compact, neat house. His small lantern shines through the swirling snow against the charcoal sky. Among the striking images are the spreads of the whales' perspective as they gather beneath the boat and their progress to shore as they sing "through puffs of steam and spray" while lighthouse beams illuminate their path. VERDICT A seasonal adventure sure to delight those who enjoyed the storm whale's original story, this tale of friendship will please new listeners as well.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
<p>In this sequel to The Storm Whale , the boy, Noi, is caught in a storm at sea and his whale friend comes to his rescue.</p> <p>When Noi's dad sails out on one last fishing trip before winter, Noi waits for him at home. But as the storm worsens and his dad does not return, Noi decides to go looking for his dad. But the storm is powerful and dangerous, and soon Noi, too, is stuck in the icy sea. When it seems that all hope is lost, a friend comes to help Noi and his father. Poignant and evocative, this is a beautiful celebration of friendship and family, and the special bond between a father and son.</p>
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