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What if a Whale Eats Me?

Susanna Isern / Rocio Bonilla

A heartwarming and riveting story about overcoming your own fears.

Martin has a boundless imagination—but it sometimes plays a dirty trick on him. He imagines that a myriad of catastrophic events may occur and he worries so much that he quivers like a jelly. What if he gets lost during the school trip? But then his mum decides to turn the tables on the situation… What if good things are ahead of him?

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«This beautiful narrative of imagination and possibility is a wonderful choice to open discussion on anxiety and fears; highly recommended for all Spanish-language picture book collections.» School Library Journal (Starred Review)


  • Bestselling and international award-winning author & illustrator.
  • Internationally published writer (30 languages) and illustrator (over 20 languages).
  • Funny and delicate watercolour illustrations.
  • A relatable story and a memorable main character: perfect to encourage children to embrace the unknown.
  • Ideal to share with parents and educators and work on children’s individuality and overcome their fears.
Title What if a Whale Eats Me?
Author Susanna Isern
Illustrator Rocio Bonilla
ISBN (Original Version) 978-84-18304-88-0
Size and Format 24 x 30 cm - Hardcover
Pages 40
Age Range 3+
Rights sold Arabic (Arabic Territories), Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, German, Greek, French (World), Greek, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Slovene, Turkish, and Ukranian.

Susanna Isern is a prolific children’s books author and a psychologist. She has published over 100 books and has sold over 1,000,000 copies worldwide. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages. She has received 5 international prizes. She is currently a professor of the at the European University of the Atlantic.

Rocio Bonilla is a well-known and bestselling illustrator. She holds a Fine Arts degree and a PhD in Education. She studied illustration under Ignasi Blanch and Roger Olmos. She has published around forty books. Some of them that have been translated and published in about fifteen languages and countries.

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