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The Tale of the Whale by Karen Swann, illustrated by Padmacandra
  • February 2023
  • ISBN: 978-1-915252-11-1
  • Size: 275 x 240 mm
  • Extent: 32pp
  • HB: £12.99
  • Age 4+
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Don't Be Silly!

Click here for biography Padmacandra introduces her bookPadmacandra introduces her book

Bouncy Bo and little Smudge
Lived in a CASTLE, with their father, Mr Judge ...

Bouncy Bo and Little Smudge live in a sombre castle with their serious father. They are full of laughter and mischief, but it seems as if all the adults have forgotten how to smile . . . until an eye-opening visit to their grandparents proves otherwise!

An entertaining romp involving two lively children, one canny cat, one world weary Judge, a castle, two surprising grandparents, a caravan, and any amount of mice, this theatrical story has a strong repeating rhythm and repeating phrase, that encourages fun participatory reading together.

There is plenty to look at in the pictures for eagle eyed youngsters to spot. The book is aimed at children from 2 to 6 yrs old, and their grown-ups. This is a book in which the medium is the message: a celebration of play, and playfulness as a way to be creative and resourceful in the world.



'This is a story that reminds us that the exuberance of being a child can bring joy into the lives of all those it touches and it can stimulate a wonderful creativity. With rhyming text and a wonderful repeatable catch phrase this book will quickly win your heart and mind, helping everyone to remember dynamism between adults and children makes the world go round.' Armadillo

'With clever and funny rhymes and fascinating illustrations, this book is bound to be a hit with nursery and infant classes.' School Reading List

'A delightfully fun picture book with a jaunty rhyming text ...
A refreshing take on grandparents, who are often depicted as frail, both mentally and physically. Very entertaining.' Book Trust

'Padmacandra's tale, told through a jaunty rhyming text containing that oft repeated titular catchphrase and comical illustrations is a delight. There's a wealth of detail in every picture, large or small, that provides additional stories for the observant. The message is a vital one: fun is a key ingredient if you are to live your life to the full.' Red Reading Hub

For reviews and Padmacndra's reading click here. Reading Zone

'There is so much for readers of all ages to enjoy in this picturebook ... Its message that silliness isn't the sole preserve of the young is beautifully delivered too.'
For an interview with Padmacandra click here. Books for Keeps


The Tale of the Whale by Karen Swann, illustrated by PadmacandraPadmacandra has also illustrated The Tale of the Whale, which won the Derby Book Award, and was shortlisted for North Somerset Teacher's Award, the Spark Schools Book Award and the 2022 Klaus Flugge Prize for illustration and design.



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