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Book A Book About WhalesA Book About Whales

Written and Illustrated by Andrea Antinori

Age Range:  8-12

 Hardcover: 64 pages

 ISBN: 978-1-4197-3502-8

 Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (May 14, 2019)

What to expect: Whale facts and illustrations, whale history

Does your child squeal with excitement when a whale jumps on the television screen? Does your child draw portrait after portrait of their favorite finned mammals? Then A BOOK ABOUT WHALES is the perfect choice!

Author Andrea Antinori presents whales with beautifully clean and spare illustrations. A tip of the eye or the cut of a toothy mouth lends personality and charisma to the whales. But let’s be clear, this isn’t just a compendium of whales, but rather a story about where whales come from and what they are like today. Antinori’s wry humor is sprinkled throughout, starting at the beginning of the book with a cheeky drawing of a humpback whale eyeing a fisherman’s hook. Antinori invites readers along on the whale adventure, and middle-graders will hop aboard for ocean adventure. Antinori’s voice is full of humor and joy celebrating these creatures, and a delight to read.


There are, of course, loads of facts. Did you know that more than fifty million years ago, whale ancestors walked on land (much like a hippo)? Did you know that toothed whales only have one blowhole, while baleen whales have two?

The end of the book lists whales one by one, with unique and eye-catching illustrations that capture the eye of any whale-lover. There is also a list of places for whale-watching places throughout the world, including the types of whales that can be seen.

An excellent gift for the whale-lover in your life, A BOOK ABOUT WHALES is a treasure in the ocean of children’s non-fiction books. Highly recommended.

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About the Author

Andrea Antinori is the author and illustrator of a number of Italian children’s books. He was awarded the Anderson Award in 2017 for his illustrations in La Zuppa Dell’orco and was on the IBBY Honor List in 2016. He lives in Italy.

A Book About Whales, by Andrea Antinori, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like A Book About Whales by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , , , , and .

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Denise Mealy is a former web content provider who stays at home to change diapers and write books. Her days are filled with Word documents, books and sloppy kisses (from dogs and baby alike). She likes to read, cook, dance, travel and forward pictures of spam sculptures to friends. If she could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, it would be a toss up between J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen. They would probably eat pasta. Yes, definitely pasta. For more information, visit: www.dccmealy.com You can also find her on Twitter: @dccmealy

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