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 EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved