Ida and the Whale (Hardcover)
Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Dwell on the dreamy watercolors as Ida goes for a whale ride that takes her away from the world but at the same time allows her to really understand it. Reassuring text creates the perfect opportunity to ponder big questions together with a small child.”
— Jamie McCauley, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT
What lies behind the sun, the moon, and the stars?
Ida can’t stop thinking about these and other very important questions. Then one night, a flying whale wakes her and takes her on an amazing journey—where some of her questions are answered and even more created.
This gentle, philosophical tale is a visual treat sure to fill curious little listeners with wonder.
About the Author
Rebecca Gugger is a freelance illustrator and graphic artist, studied at the HKB (Bern University of the Arts), and likes to have her head in the clouds.
Simon is a trained graphic artist, is currently working in Thun, Switzerland as an art director, and likes sailing.
Themes of curious exploration, growth, and friendship are all introduced in this whimsical, delicate way, accompanied by evocative illustrations...The endpaper illustrations deftly underscore the enrichment that results from journeys. Enchanting and intriguing.
— Kirkus Reviews
From storms to growing to loneliness, Ida and the Whale is a special little book that I could see becoming a favourite for any child whose imagination leaves them feeling inspired and yet alone at the same time...This is a wondrous book that any child is likely to connect with on some level.
— Epic Stitching
Combined mediums of watercolor, pen, and computer graphics illustrate the beautiful and philosophically situated worlds Ida and the flying whale visit on their journey.
In this magical picture book we join Ida and her whale friend and go on a journey that encourages us to think about our own journeys. Sometimes, like Ida, we have to change our perspective so that we can understand others. Sometimes we have to learn how to weather storms, and how to embrace silence.
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
A lesson in empathy and a tribute to friendship, this gentle book provides comfort to readers who might be experiencing unfamiliar change. Whimsical, colorful, and detailed illustrations will captivate young readers with wonder and curiosity.
— School Library Journal