the leaky whale


The Leaky Whale tells the delightful story of a whale named Earl who, by helping a crew of friendly seamen in a terrible storm, was helped by them in return. This long out-of-print classic was originally published in 1946.

The charming and colorful watercolor illustrations were created by Charles Darby, who died in England returning from a World War II mission in 1944. Darby's close friend Jack Johnson, and his wife Laura Johnson, were determined to share the illustrations with young readers and so, wrote the story and arranged for the book's publication.

Darby and Johnson were both members of the legendary Beachcombers artists club in Provincetown, Massachusetts. When the New York Times reviewed the book in 1946, its reviewer wrote : "when this book was read to ten four-year-olds, they wanted it again and at the end of that reading, again".


authors: laura + jack johnson

illustrations: charles darby

format: hardcover / 00 pages

dimensions: 8.5"H x 8.5"W

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