I thought for this weeks Nature Book Club I’d have a look at a story Alice recieved for Christmas. The storm whale was the first book by Benji Davies. He has since written several follow ups and many other lovely emotion filled books. Grandad’s island is regularly picked for the home time story at school and Alice has picked the Grotlyn numerous times from the library. His books have seen him win many awards and recognitions over the last decade. At the heart of all his stories are positive messages told with wonderful story telling filled with emotion. The storm whale currently has a theatre production touring which we are looking forward to taking Alice to next month.
Right from the cover you have an inviting story with the boy Noi meeting the whale. You’ve got friendship and care right there from the off. Even though Noi doesn’t have a mouth the illustrations strangely carry an evocative feeling to them with the feelings inferred. The illustrations of the settings are lovely and the details are spot on. The shacks they live in are just like locations I know along the coast and the interiors feel just right.
The blurb on the back tells you exactly what you are getting here and shows off Noi and his dad and where they live. Within the story there are nice little details like Noi and his dad have six cats, so straight away Alice wants to spot them all counting the hidden cats. The story focusses on the lonely boy Noi, with his father working leaving him alone. Noi’s empathy and compassion for the whale reunite him and his father. The story is very touching. The book itself is often available cheap in the supermarkets, but even full price it is well worth the money.
If you are interested in seeing the theatre production on tour mentioned here are the dates:
East Riding Theatre Sat 9 – Sunday 10th February
Eden Court Theatre and Cinema Tue 12 – Weds 13th February
The Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham Sat 16 February
Stantonbury Theatre Mon 18 February
Theatre Hullabaloo Thurs 21st Feb – Sat 23rd Feb
York Theatre Royal Tue 26th Feb – Sat 3rd March
ARC Stockton Arts Centre Fri 8 – Sat 9 March
artsdepot Sunday 10th March
Theatr Clwyd 21st – 23rd March
Carriageworks Theatre 2nd – 3rd April
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 24th – 27th April
The Key Theatre 28th April – 30th April