The Bonsai Whale
Book design Christiane Dunkel-Koberg
One Saturday evening, the door of Henry’s bedroom opens, and his parents come in with some unexpected guests.
“Surprise!” Henry’s mum calls out cheerfully.
“Someone has come for a sleepover!”
“This is Enzo,” says a woman Henry has never seen before, pushing a boy into the room.
Henry and Enzo size each other up for a moment.
“Can’t I stay and celebrate with you?” Enzo asks, shooting his mother a beseeching look.
“If he can, then I want to be at the party too,” Henry says, crossing his arms over his chest.
But the three parents shake their heads firmly.
“No, sorry, you can’t,” Henry’s father says. “The party is for adults only. I’ve had an idea though. Why don’t you have your own party up here?”
Every child has been in this situation before. Parents always tell them to play with strange kids, all because the parents know each other. You don’t have to become best friends, but you do have to find a way of getting on with the other kid for a while.
At least Enzo is a good storyteller. Henry is enchanted as he listens to Enzo’s story of how he came to own a teeny-tiny bonsai sperm whale. He must have made it all up, right? Or not?
Format: 230 x 180 mm
Length: 44 pp
Price: 22 € (D)/ 22,70 € (A)
Hardcover with partial UV varnish and half-linen