If you want to see a whale, you will need to know what not to look at. Pink roses, pelicans, possible pirates . . . If you want to see a whale, you have to keep your eyes on the sea, and wait . . . and wait . . . and wait . . .
In this quiet and beautiful picture book by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead, the team that created the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book And Then It's Spring, a boy learns exactly what it takes to catch a glimpse of an elusive whale.
Starred Review, Booklist, April 1, 2013 issue:"A gorgeous love song to the imagination . . . It’s breathtaking . . . Fans will be waiting." -- Booklist, starred review
"Fogliano’s words are carved and measured. This is a writer who takes her time, and the leaps she makes with language surprise and thrill." --The New York Times
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2013 issue:"Readers will gape at the two enormous, whale-sized talents at work in this transfixing picture book." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, March 18, 2013 issue: "Stead’s pencil and linoleum prints, as delicate, understated, and imaginative as ever, take exciting creative license with Fogliano’s expressive writing."
"The same pair that brought us And Then It’s Spring (rev. 1/12) returns with a book that has a similar overall feel but a completely different story. . . this one takes on the possibility of imagination." -- The Horn Book