The Christmas Whale - Thao Lam
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The Christmas Whale

The Christmas Whale

The Christmas Whale

December can be stressful with the pressure to make everything perfect for the holidays. This year, I have the additional pressure of hosting Christmas at my place for the first time. So far, we are ahead of schedule, — made and mailed out my Christmas cards, house is all decorated, baking is done, and all the gifts are wrapped and under the tree. With everything under control, I found time to sneak off to the library and stock up on my Christmas reading. Keep reading…

The Christmas Whale written and illustrated by Roger Duvoisin is a classic. First printed in 1945, The Christmas Whale is a tale about how a whale came to save Christmas. Eight days before Christmas, all of Santa’s reindeers came down with the flu. With the help of a kindly whale and all the arctic animals, the gifts were deliver just in time for Christmas. Illustrated in two tones (black and orangey red), the illustrations look very rustic and retro looking. Sadly, the story is very long and is crammed in a tiny little book, leaving very little room for illustrations. The Christmas Whale is definitely a refreshing break from your classic Christmas story. It is odd, but refreshing.

The Christmas Whale, a children’s book review by Thao Lam

Author and Illustrator Roger Duvoisin

(1904 to 1980)

Swiss born Roger Duvoisin showed great talent for music at a young age but his father, an architect steered him towards the arts. He started off designing and painting murals plus working on theatrical scenery and posters. Duvoisin left Switzerland for France and began designing textile for high-end fashion. Four years later, Roger lost his job when the booming production of textile came to an end because of the Great Depression. Inspired by his son’s paintings and his wife, children’s book author, Louise Fatio Roger began writing and illustrating children’s books.


Publisher Random House Childrens Books (Lib) (June 1945)

ISBN-10 0394910249

ISBN-13 978-0394910246