The Whisper (Hardcover)

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Bookseller: Julia
Title: The Whisper


Zazu saw this book & picked it first, but I have to also pick this book. 

I love the Pamela Zagarenski's illustrations. They are beautiful and playful. And this story about a little girl and the magic of stories is lovely. You can read the story or do as the little girl and create your own with these wonderful illustrations!

 Pictures are stories and stories are magic!

— From Julia's Past Picks 2

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: The Whisper


This is one of those books you'll open again and again to spend long minutes over each and every page, your imagination running wild and free as you discover new things in the illustrations and words and new way to think about and interpret them every time. A perfect, long treasure of a book that will entrance and inspire kids (and their adults!) PS- If you like this, also check out Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay.

— From Zazu's Past Picks 2


Step inside the pages of a little girl's magical book as she discovers the profound and inspiring notion that we each bring something different to the same story. Two-time Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski debuts as an author in this tender picture book about the joy of reading.

About the Author

Pamela Zagarenski is the winner of two Caldecott Honors. The books she has illustrated have also been Booklist Editor's Choices, Horn Book Fanfare and Bulletin Blue Ribbon books, winners of Bank Street's Claudia Lewis Award, and translated into many languages. As well as illustrating picture books, she creates paintings and has a gift card line. She lives in Connecticut. Visit her online at, on Instagram @sacredbee, and Twitter @sacredbeez.

Praise For…

* "A sumptuously illustrated fable about the magic of storytelling and the power of imagination."
School Library Journal, starred review

* "Surreal, staggering mixed-media paintings make traveling across such beautifully varied and bizarre storyscapes exhilarating."
Kirkus, starred review

"Tiny vignettes of the girl looking at these very images in her own treastured book create the sense that readers are reading it along with her...Zagarenski's artwork is irresistable"
Publishers Weekly

"The fanciful combination of opulent imagery and mysterious detail will have children imagining stories of their own."
—Horn Book Magazine

"[T]he fabulously layered paintings by two-time Caldecott honor winner Zagarenski are so beautifully constructed and lavishly painted — swirling patterns and honeycombs in the background, winsome creatures in the fore — that readers can’t help but fall for this book."
—The Boston Globe

Product Details
ISBN: 9780544416864
ISBN-10: 0544416864
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Pages: 40
Language: English