The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson illustrated by Axel Scheffler

This book is certainly a tongue twister of a read.

It’s about a snail who wants to go on big adventure into the big wide world – but how to do this when you’re clinging onto a “rock as black as soot” – you hitch a ride on the back of a hump-back whale of course!

They explore the sea, icebergs, far off places with mountains and golden sands, explore caves, experience different weather conditions being sunny and warm and sometimes thunderstorms.  The whale gets beached on some sand and it is up to the snail to find a way to get help.  I won’t spoil the end of this as I really wasn’t expecting it – it’s a happy ending though.

My son says he “loves this story” – think he just likes the fact that as it is a bit of a tongue twister in places I struggle to be able to say some of the lines first time correctly which makes him giggle!

I give this story 8/10 – I would give it more but I really do struggle to read it sometimes!

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