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A Fish Named Glub Hardcover – April 1, 2014
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Rendered in mixed media in warm hues, with stylized illustrations and an introspective philosophy, this story is about a fish who learns about how he ended up in his bowl at Foster G. Williker's diner. The rhyming text moves the story along as customers come in and out of the diner and stop to talk to Glub. As they offer tips for taking care of him, Glub shows them their memories and their dreams through fish bubbles, making even the most skeptical person happy. Eventually, Glub shows the diner's owner his true dream for happiness and even shares one of his own. Similar to Devin Scillian's Memoirs of a Goldfish (Sleeping Bear, 2010), this story will appeal to older children who grasp the power of dreams, hopes, and memories, while younger children will enjoy the antics of Glub and the people he meets during his time at the diner.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
The tenant who lives upstairs of a nondescript diner moves and leaves behind a goldfish. Foster, who runs the diner, takes it downstairs. When a little girl makes “Glub-glub!” sounds at the bowl, the fish assumes Glub is his name. And while Glub looks ordinary, he wonders about everything. This charming allegory may be too old for the intended age group in some ways, but even little ones will respond to Glub’s big questions: Who am I? What am I doing here? Where is home? Glub finds his own special talent—blowing bubbles into the shapes of people’s dreams—which leads at least some of the people who frequent the diner to listen to their hearts. It takes Foster a little longer, but by book’s end, both Foster and fish have dreams fulfilled. Artfully told, the story’s melancholy edge is melted by the connections made between characters. The collage-style art charms with its childlike appeal that helps put the book right at the reader’s level. This is a book to return to, with nuance adding to each reading. Grades K-2. --Ilene Cooper
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Top customer reviews
The story is beautifully written and has an interesting message to it. I liked the fish's search for home and his view on the world from inside his glass bowl. However, I'm not sure that kids will like the story. I read it to my kids and they were both confused at the end. While the writing was fun, it was WAY over my kids' heads. They didn't understand what the book was about or what it was trying to say. So I'm going straight down the middle and giving it three stars.
This is a really sweet book for children that talks about some pretty big concepts. The sweet illustrations and charming text made this a delightful read.
This is a great book for a classroom read aloud. There are several characters giving lots of opportunities for specific voices which children really love.
There are also several conversations that can take place over themes such as loneliness, frienship, acceptance, dreams/goals. Glub considers several times throughout the text; as a preschool educator, I firmly believe that we must model thinking to our young children today. We all think, but as teachers, we can help our students learn to think at a much higher level.
This book is going on my wish list. I read this with my 7 year old and he said "it was good".
I did not see that coming.
For my full review, including my daughter's take, please visit my blog, Cozy Little Book Journal.