Storm Whale


The multi-award listed Storm Whale, written by Sarah Brennan and illutsrated by Jane Tanner, tells the moving story of three small girls who find a beached whale on a windy, rainy day, and their struggle to save it.

  • Long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2018
  • Runner Up, Teach Primary Awards UK 2018
  • Short-listed Queensland Literary Awards 2018
  • Currently short-listed Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2018, to be announced 5 December 2018.

“Best known for her playfully rhymed picture books about each year of the Chinese zodiac, here Sarah Brennan surges into very different territory, collaborating with the wonderful Jane Tanner in a lyrical, tinglingly realistic picture book about three sisters tending a beached whale. …In so many ways this book is perfect: both narrative and art build with drama and contrast, then resolve with a tidal ebb that is wonderfully satisfying. Storm Whale is sure to be on many future awards lists! Highly recommended for age 3+.”
Lynndy Bennett at Gleebooks, Sydney June 2017

“Jane Tanner’s rich, textured, gorgeous illustrations work in parallel with Sarah Brennan’s equally complex and affecting language in this verse-narrative of three young girls who find a beached whale. Their first collaboration is a powerful pairing that brings weight to a simple story. …this is a confident story that refuses to ‘talk down’ to children. Its use of symbolic colour and heightened language will also make it suitable for older children and school discussion.”
Anica Boulanger-Masberg, Australian Books and Publishing, April 2017


Additional information

Weight 0.39 kg
Dimensions 24.7 × 27.1 cm


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