The Stranded Whale by Jane Yolen and Melanie Cataldo

5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, April 22, 2016!

Tender and heartrending, Jane Yolen’s clear-eyed tale of a child’s effort to rescue a beached whale evokes a fierce love of wildlife and a universal sense of loss.

Exclusive interview with Melanie:

1) We love to learn more about illustrators’ personal lives. What other hobbies and interests do you have?

I like to watch bad horror movies with friends. We usually watch really badly made movies and have fun predicting the scenes. I also play in a competitive kickball league in Worcester, MA – the level of passion that my teammates possess for adult kickball is unmatched!

2) What’s your favorite place to shop?

My favorite place to shop is the grocery store. I always feel accomplished after leaving the grocery store. I think -Yes! I got my lunch for the week! Woo-hoo cheese is on sale! I can make lasagna for dinner!

When I leave a clothing store or trinket shop I usually feel frustrated. In a haze, I think- How do they have every size boot except for my size? Why did I buy this blue elephant candle holder? Where did my money go?

3) What’s your strangest writing quirk or habit? Something that would make all of us go, “huh?”

I usually play Columbo, Roseanne, or Murder She Wrote episodes while I am illustrating. They help me focus.

4) If you could choose one dessert or snack food that you could eat as much as you want of (and never gain an ounce!) what would it be?

Cheese-Its all day.

5) Describe your illustrating space…

Strong lighting, my cat, me, pencils, a computer, and a flat surface. I work in the kitchen or living room of my house. I sometimes work on the floor, the kitchen table, my drawing desk, or the couch.

About the illustrator:

Melanie Cataldo is the illustrator of The Stranded Whale. She lives in central Massachusetts. Melanie had the opportunity to see a whale swimming by the east coast while on a seventh grade class boat trip! Visit Melanie online at

Giveaway info:

Title: The Stranded Whale
Illustrator: Melanie Cataldo
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Illustrator website:

5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, April 22, 2016.

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5 Responses to The Stranded Whale by Jane Yolen and Melanie Cataldo

  1. Betty Ramsey April 16, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    Sounds like a neat story…

  2. Ruthie April 16, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

    I would love to read this to my grand daughter

  3. Cynthia Schwarzer April 17, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    It will be a great book for all ages.

  4. Stephanie Bonck April 18, 2016 at 8:49 am #

    The Island of the Blue Dolphins was the most wonderful book about the ocean.

  5. Jeffery Moss April 19, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    Seems to be a good read