Sometimes, I feel that picture books have become too snarky and comic book-esque. While there's a place for humor and brevity, I sometimes feel that the current market undervalues lyrical, truly well-written books. Sometimes, I feel that the stories we read to our young child have become almost too simple. That's why I was so happy to discover Whale in a Fishbowl, a book that to me is everything a picture book should be.
It's lyrical. It's beautifully written. Gorgeously illustrated. And it conveys a message in a non-didactic way.
Whale in a Fishbowl begins with a compelling hook: Wednesday lived in a fishbowl. It was the only home she knew.
As we read more, we discover a fishbowl (which turns out to be in an aquarium) is not where Wednesday should really be. In this tale of self-discovery, a child helps a fish realize that the sea is where she belongs.
I loved this book, which I got from the library. I plan to buy my own copy from my local bookseller because this is a book that belongs on my bookshelf.
The Facts: Whale in a Fishbowl