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The Only Fish in the Sea Hardcover – August 15, 2017
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*"A contemporary tall tale fueled by the characters’ genuine caring and heart. Best read one-on-one to feast on the clever cartoon artwork."―School Library Journal, starred review
*"This is comforting fare for children, especially those who themselves have been cast adrift, and sensitive readers in more secure situations may even spare some sympathy for Little Amy."―Booklist, starred review
*"Stead never takes Sadie’s campaign for virtue too seriously, yet her shining sense of justice lingers long after the silliness subsides."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"Readers who are looking for more moxie in their lives will love this absurd adventure."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Throughout, Cordell’s style is reminiscent of Quentin Blake’s work, with comically perilous seafaring scenes that recall the Miss Armitage picture books. Meanwhile, Stead’s text contains echoes of Dahl’s writing, with moments of dark humor, a satisfying comeuppance for Little Amy Scott, and a surfeit of heart in the child heroes’ rescue of lost Ellsworth."―Horn Book
About the Author
Philip C. Stead is the author of the 2011 Caldecott Medal book A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Books that he has recently written and illustrated include Ideas Are All Around and Samson in the Snow. He previously collaborated with Matthew Cordell on Special Delivery. Philip lives with his wife, illustrator Erin E. Stead, in Michigan.
Matthew Cordell has illustrated many books for children including Special Delivery by Philip C. Stead, a Washington Post Best Book of 2015. He is the author and illustrator of several picture books including Wolf In The Snow, Another Brother, Wish, and Hello! Hello!. Matthew lives outside of Chicago with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and their two children.
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Stead’s writing works seamlessly with Cordell’s zany art. The story has lovely details that enrich the book, giving a sense of community, of a detailed plan and the joy of working as a team to rescue someone. The art by Cordell adds the wonderful monkeys and the pink balloons that keep sending their own messages. A wet and rainy riot of a picture book that is sure to make even the dampest child smile. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Once Sadie hears this horrible tale, she organizes a ship and crew (of monkeys) to go out in search of the goldfish she names Ellsworth. Sadie gathers pink balloons from clowns that say Welcome Home Ellsworth to decorate the ship. We see Little Amy Scott snubbing a clown who made her a balloon dog. I did not even realize it was Little Amy Scott (there is a lot is going on in the picture) until my daughter pointed her out. She said, “There is the rude girl with the pretty dress!”
Of course, it all ends happily. They find Ellsworth and give him a home in the fountain in the city square. Everyone is there to welcome him. The book ends with a conversation between Sherman and Sadie.
“What about Little Amy Scott.”
“Sherman, she’ll spend her birthday alone.”
And she does.
The illustrations are busy and interesting but we did not like them nearly as much as we did Matthew Cordell’s amazing Wolf in the Snow.