Today's picture book is based on the classic novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
The picture book was created by Ed Young (winner of the Caldecott Medal for Lon Po Po). He used mixed media collages to create the gorgeous artwork.
After Young created the art, Barbara DaCosta created the words, using phrases from Melville's classic work and traditional sea shanties.
The finished product is beautiful! I was worried about the bloody harpooning of the whale, but Young and DaCosta found a way to make it harmless, so don't freak out, it's not advocating whaling.
I know a 6th grade teacher who reads Moby Dick to her class each year, she could definitely use this book as an additional teaching resource.
If you enjoy collage artists, this is definitely a book for you!