The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies

The Storm Whale in Winter

Written by Benji Davies
Illustrated by Benji Davies

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   
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In The Storm Whale in Winter Benji Davies creates a story of love and courage that is tender, touching and feels utterly true. As winter draws in Noi misses the little whale he befriended last summer; no matter how often he looks out to sea, there’s never any sign. But the storm whale returns when Noi needs him most, rescuing the little boy when he is stranded on the ice-bound sea. In a book of light and dark the contrast between cosy interiors and the snowstorm that rages outside is breath-taking, and there’s an extraordinary silent beauty to the underwater images of the whale family. The reunions - between boy and whale, and boy and his father - are heart-warming, and a final image joyfully unites them all. A book that deserves a place on every shelf. ~ Andrea Reece


The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies

A follow-up to the best-selling The Storm Whale, winner of the 2014 inaugural Oscar's First Book Prize in association with the Evening Standard.

It's winter time and Noi's island is covered in a blanket of snow. Even the sea is icing over. Noi is worried about the little whale he saved last summer: Can he survive the harsh conditions? Little does Noi know that it's the little whale's turn to save him.

A magical and touching story about a lasting friendship. A truly beautiful work packing a real emotional punch.


Praise for The Storm Whale:

'A future classic and a must have for the discerning picture book fan' The Booksniffer

'The Storm Whale is an evocative portrayal of a child's need for friendship, told through the sparest of text and imagery in this beautiful picture book.' The ReadingZone

'The Storm Whale is one of those rare picture books that evokes loneliness with such fragility, and that conveys such feeling and beauty that it cannot fail to move its readers… an absolute gem, do not miss out.' Library Mice

'I have to admit that I was fighting back tears by the end. It's just so incredibly sweet and really pulls the heart strings!' Being Mrs C

'Charming and engaging this book gives lots of scope for child to adult discussion about feeling lonely and saying goodbye to something loved.' Love All Blogs

'Poignant, sensitive and understated […] this is a not to be missed tale where the narrative thrust and emotional span transcends the simplicity of its words.' Droplets of Ink Orders

About the Author

Benji Davies

Benji Davies is an illustrator and animation director. From a young age he was often to be found painting at the kitchen table, a scene which can still be seen to this day. Benji studied animation at university, and has since worked on a diverse array of projects, from picture books and animated short films to music videos, commercials and title sequences. His books have been co-editioned in many languages and countries around the world. The Storm Whale is his first self-penned picture book. He lives in London with his wife Nina.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 2


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

22nd September 2016




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