From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4–Elizabeth loves fish. She's a regular visitor at a nearby aquarium and at home keeps a lone guppy. Her oblivious parents ignore her pleas for more fish and pay no attention when a steady stream of species starts coming out of the bathroom faucet. She does her best to care for a trout, flounder, moray eel, squid, catfish, dogfish, and others. However, the girl's parents just don't listen until a beluga whale comes on the scene and they are forced to take notice. Anderson's surreal illustrations combine with Robinson's rather lengthy text to create a very fishy story. Although this lively tale will surely please some readers, it also seems a bit unsettling. A marginal choice.–Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 2. Everything works just right in this picture book. Robinson offers a real story with fanciful twists and turns, and Anderson's detailed artwork extends the clever concept with extraordinary execution. Elizabeth loves fish, and she isn't satisfied by her pet guppy. Her parents, who tend to ignore her, don't pay attention when fish begin coming out of the faucets, much to Elizabeth's delight. She tries to tell them what's up, but it's only when a beluga whale swimming in the bathtub comes down through the ceiling that the grown-ups realize their house is like an aquarium. After the plumber tells them that the pipes at the nearby aquarium have been crossed with their own, the only thing left to do is move out and let the fish move in. The text will easily draw children, who will then linger over the pictures. The intricacies of the artwork are used to further the fantasy, and even though the family is quite deadpan, the audience will find plenty of laughs. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved