The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

9/10 A nautical tale that is best when read out aloud.

One tiny snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail who saves the day.

The sea snail slithered all over the rock

And gazed at the sea and the ships in the dock

And as she gazed she sniffed and sighed.

“The sea is deep and the world is wide!

How I long to sail!”

Said the tiny snail.

Containing beautiful illustrations and featuring Donaldson’s trademark hypnotic rhyming The Snail and the Whale will delight children between the ages of 3 and 8. Travel, adventure, friendship and kindness are the book’s main themes within a nautical tale that sounds best when read out aloud.

‘Bold and brilliant, wise and wacky’
The Times

‘A joy to read aloud’

‘Gorgeously illustrated and with a first-rate story’
Sunday Express

About the author and illustrator
Julia Donaldson is one of the UK's most successful picture book authors, whose titles regularly appear at the top of the bestseller lists, most notably the acknowledged modern classic and Smarties Gold Award winner The Gruffalo.

Axel Scheffler has achieved worldwide acclaim for his illustrations, and his books have been translated into over 27 languages. His has a wicked eye for character and his humorous drawings are the perfect complement to Julia's witty, vibrant verse.

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