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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375858946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375858949
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 2 Slug enjoys lying on the ocean floor observing the different fish as they swim by. He takes note of their diverse sizes, shapes, and colors and figures he has seen everything until Barry arrives. Barry has fingers at the ends of his fins. He claims that his new appendages are the answer to every fish's problem. The problem, it turns out, is boredom. Barry demonstrates all of the wonderful things he can do with his fingers, such as count, knit, type, paint, and play the piano. He even saves the others' lives when he points out a heavy object that is plummeting to the sea floor, and they can scatter before it lands on them. The box, it turns out, is filled with Pirate Jack's Tasty Fish Sticks, which enable the other fish to obtain fingers like Barry's. The book's pages are filled with bright, cartoonish, gouache illustrations. Children who enjoyed Marcus Pfister's Rainbow Fish books (NorthSouth) will enjoy Barry. Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library
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Review, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, August 15, 2010:
"Hendra’s bright and cheerful undersea characters make the ocean seem like a great place to be.”

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By k h on November 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I found this on the new book shelf at the library recently. My 4-year-old likes the wry plot development; my 18-month-old loves looking at the pictures over and over again. I didn't even notice the prepared/prepare typo until I read the previous review; hopefully the publisher will correct this in the next printing.
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By Sonya Knight on January 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Cute original idea. We liked the book. It was Easy for my 5 year old to read and understand. Funny.
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This book is an absolute gem... my kids love it and the twist (no spoilers!) I find absolutely hilarious. The artwork is bold, very pleasant to look at extremely suited to the story itself. This book is absolute aces. :-)
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By GW on October 22, 2012
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I know this is a big bestseller, and I am ALL for dark humor, but is no one else disturbed by the fact that this fish is wearing his dead brethren on is fins??

Also, the art is just...OK. Nothing special.

I like that it's about a fish who is different, but that's about it.
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By Stephanie on August 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The graphics are bright and bold, the story is cute, and it is definitely amusing for adults and little ones.
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