|Whale in my swimming pool|
Author: Wan, Joyce
A young boy discovers a whale in his pool and tries everything he can think of to get it out.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 173613
Kirkus Reviews (01/01/15)
School Library Journal (04/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2015 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 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.