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Hooray for Fish! Hardcover – May 10, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763627410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763627416
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.4 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS–Cousins takes youngsters on an excursion to the bottom of the ocean where cheerful Little Fish greets a wide variety of friends. Playful rhymes such as Hello spotty fish,/stripy fish,/happy fish,/gripy fish add to the merriment. Finally, Little Fish meets none other than his own mother with Kiss, kiss, kiss,/hooray for fish! The various creatures include fish with numbers for gills and with strange shapes and sizes. The deep blue backgrounds change hue throughout the pages much as the sea changes colors at different depths and climates. Team this appealing oversize book with Dr. Seuss's One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (Random, 1960), Robert Kalan's Blue Sea (HarperCollins, 1992), and Nancy Van Laan's Little Fish, Lost (S & S, 1998) for a swimming good time.–Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
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PreS. The creator of Maisy the mouse turns to the underwater world in this winning title that features her signature bright hues and cheerful, childlike creatures. The stars here are fish, and Cousins matches a gloriously decorated assortment of them with rhyming text that encourages children to look carefully and think about similarities and differences: "Hello, spotty fish, stripy fish, happy fish, gripy fish," says a friendly baby fish, who continues to introduce friends, including "curly whirly," "twisty twirly," and other fish of many shades and temperaments. In the end, there's a kissy, comforting reunion between baby fish and its mother. Cousins isn't trying anything new here, but her proven formula of basic, enthusiastic text and bright artwork will please her fans, who will likely shout, "Hooray for fish!" right along with the text. Pair this with Saxton Freyman's One Lonely Seahorse (2000) for another high-spirited, beginning concept book set under the sea. Gillian Engberg
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More About the Author

Lucy Cousins is the creator of many wonderful picture books for children, including Yummy: My Favourite Nursery Stories and Hooray for Fish! , as well as her bestselling books about Maisy the mouse. About I'm the Best, she says, "I had the idea for this book after winning a tennis competition. I loved telling all my friends and family about it, but then I realized that I was probably showing off, like Dog!" Lucy Cousins lives in Hampshire with her partner, four children and very fluffy dog.

Customer Reviews

The story is cute, and pictures are colorful.
Roxie Holiday
Both of my sons loved this book from the time they were 18 months until they were 3 years old.
C. Chandler
I was given this book in the hardcover format as a baby shower gift.
Jessica Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By swan7girl on November 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this for my 2 yr old who A) loves Maisy the Mouse B) loves fish - so it was a no brainer! I found the book actually doing a search on Maisy and bought it on a whim. WE LOVE THIS BOOK! The illustrations are fantastic - bold, vibrant colors on a bigger than normal sized book. And the story is very sweet. Worth every penny and definitely a must for your children's book collection.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Blue Moon Writer on June 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Our 16-month-old son absolutely adores this book! We read it using silly voices for each fish, and he just smiles all the way through. When he wants to read this book, he'll bring it to my husband or me, making kissing noises. It's a shame that this book isn't available in a board book format--we've had to tape and re-tape several of the pages from all of the use it gets!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a big, fun book with bold, colorful artwork, typical of the clean, direct style that guides Cousins' wildly successful "Maisy" series. A cute little fish, named "Little Fish," gives us a tour of the undersea world, introducing us to a bunch of fancifully named friends ("ele-fish," "eye fish," "sky fish," etc.) This has a very Dr. Seuss-y feel to it... It's visually arresting, rhymes well and fun to read aloud. Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amythist on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I went to a workshop at the local library on early literacy. This was one of the books the librarian recommended I try. This is the first book my son would sit through at 5 months. I tried other books every day, but could only get through a couple pages. We'd alway end up right back at Hooray for Fish.

Positives of this book:
- Bold colors and stark contrasts
- Simple pictures
- Great rhythmic text. "Upside down and round and round" "so many friends, so many fish. Splash, splosh, splish"
- There are a couple pages that could be search and find pages. "Can you find a fish that looks like a pineapple?"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janey's Mom on August 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My 19-month old is WILD for this book; it's the reigning favorite at the moment. The silly fish pictures are great and she loves the pages where there are LOTS of fish on the page (including the inside back pages), pointing out to me her favorites from the story. She also has fun picking out the "extra" fish that look like strawberry fish, pineapple fish, etc. The sing-songy rhymes are as fun as the artwork and a definite winner in our house!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By doing montessori on March 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It seems that early childhood classrooms find themselves transformed into oceans or fish tanks at least once a year, since there is undeniable pleasure in illustrating the movement and coloration of swimmy beings, and a whole lotta books about ocean life for inspiration. Nonetheless, Lucy Cousins offers a bold, fresh title to children and teachers in Hooray for Fish! with illustrations that capture the wonderful differentness of fish and descriptive language that begs to be repeated and replicated in the classroom and at home.

The length and language are well suited for 3-4 year old whole group interest level, and will allow a lot of repeat reads to search for details in the text and illustrations. Teachers can rely on this book to generate lots of ideas for language activities and art projects, while they might look to Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert to incorporate math ideas. The hardcover is oversized, great for reading aloud or filling up a lap or two in the classroom library.

One glance at the cover brings me joy, so I hope Cousins is hard at work on another winner for the preschool audience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jada Lemont on February 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First off, my daughter has loved this book since the first reading. It is one of the few books (along with Wow Ocean and anything Elmo) that she will sit through from cover to cover at her age (she was 18 months old when I first read this to her). The story itself is 5 stars, but I wanted to post a review about the Candlewick version of this book since I was not sure whether to buy the regular hardcover version of this book or the Candlewick version.

The book that comes with the Candlewick version is very small in size. I was hoping that it would be in the larger size that the regular hardcover version comes in because the gorgeous color illustrations look so engaging in the larger size. The Candlewick book is mini-sized by comparison. The dimensions of the Candlewick version seemed to match the dimensions of the regular hardcover format in the product description, but the packaging (I.e the sticker sheet and extras) is what makes up the height and width. So you might be surprised or disappointed in the size of the book as I was when you order this version. I probably would have been delighted with this if I hadn't already borrowed the large hardcover version of this book from the library. Somehow the mini-sized pages of the Candlewick version takes away from the impact of the colorful illustrations. The cute stickers, sticker page, and the DVD esp. are very nice extras to have with the book, but (ugh) I ended up spending more $ and ordered the regular hardcover book. I plan to give this mini book away as a stocking stuffer gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJs Mom on May 1, 2014
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
We were given this book as a gift and have since given it to others. The illustrations aren't anything special for parents (so many kids' books have amazingly artistic illustrations, this isn't one) but my daughter LOVES it. This was the very first book she clearly had a preference for when she was an infant. Now she enjoys 'reading' along with it.

The writing has a rhyming pattern that is pleasant to read over and over again and there's enough pages that it doesn't get too boring for parents. It's also really easy to talk with your little one about the drawings and get good practice of words and concepts like: stripes/polka-dots, fat/thin, "1-2-3", etc.
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