The Night of the Whale

Once a year, on a midsummer night, the whale arrived…

Dad, mum, the cat and I quickly climbed up onto the roof. We each waited in our places in silence. We smelt a scent of algae and salt. And it arrived… It eclipsed the moon… and showed us its belly… It approached my father… touched his forehead. It stayed with him a while, then left.

  • The wonder of life and its fluctuations shown in a sequence of highly emotional images.

  • A moving metaphor about love, family, and how time changes things.


GENRE Picture Book
FIRST PUBLISHER Rizzoli (Italy), 2019


Peppo Bianchessi is an author and illustrator of children's books published in Italy and around the world. He has collaborated, among others, with Donato Carrisi, Roberto Piumini, Aidan Chambers, Melvin Burgess, Luca Crovi, Pierdomenico Baccalario, Anna Vivarelli. In 2013 he was selected by Bologna Children's Book Fair for the illustrators show.