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Fish: A Picture Book Hardcover – May 31, 2016
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this fast-paced wordless fishing adventure, a boy and his dog, with tackle box and fishing poles in tow, dash past a bewildered man starting a road race as they head for a boat. First they catch the letter F and next the letter I, but then things get more complicated in the water. Unwanted letters start popping up, and a large C threatens to overturn the boat! These graphically lively red letters bring action and tension to the plot as menacing A's look like shark fins rising out of the water and angry B's swarm around them. In the end, boy and dog manage to hook F, I, S, and H and get safely back on dry land. In one final plot twist, readers discover that these letters were meant for an even bigger purpose (and word) as the boy and his dog bring them to the road race "(FI)NI(SH)" line, which is missing the caught letters and creating all kinds of confusion for the runners. Cartoon illustrations done in pen and watercolor use a limited palette of black, white, aqua, and red, giving the art striking contrasts and a retro comic feel. VERDICT This essentially wordless story uses visual details and letters to create a gripping story and a clever word game. A strong addition.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
"A full-bodied story with an economy of style, this will be particularly rewarding for emerging readers."―Kirkus Reviews, starred
"This essentially wordless story uses visual details and letters to create a gripping story and a clever word game. A strong addition." ―School Library Journal
"With an old-fashioned palette of blue, black, and red, these clever cartoon-influenced illustrations will hook young readers."―Booklist
"Walsh works in a deliciously retro style evocative of both vintage screen prints and the work of Hergé, and his graphic skills and visually storytelling are highly polished."―Publishers Weekly
"The pacing is spot-on, with full pages, spreads, and occasional panel art all working together to
reel in the laughs, making this more than just another fish story."―Horn Book
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Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Walsh is also a cartoonist for the New Yorker and, as you will see, he has a sly humor that will appeal to all ages.
Pros: New Yorker cartoonist Walsh has created a fun story with his comic-style black, white, red, and turquoise illustrations. Readers will enjoy the “A-ha!” moment of discovering what the FISH is really for. And the dog is pretty darn cute.
Cons: As in so many wordless books, there were some puzzling elements, like the underwater letters and the giant C. Make sure you have your imagination fired up before tackling this story.