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The Only Fish in the Sea

By: Philip C. Stead

Illustrator: Matthew Cordell

Sadie is building an elaborate and foolproof plan to save a poor discarded goldfish. Full-color illustrations were created with pen and ink and watercolor.

ISBN: 9781626722828

JLG Release: Oct 2017


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Animals , Fishes , Social issues , Friendship , Emotions and feelings , Goldfish , Humorous stories

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Awards & Honors

ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2018, Younger
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Picture Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*

Horn Book

Not quite a fish story, but one with broad humor in text and illustrations, Stead and Cordell’s (Special Delivery, rev. 3/15) latest collaboration invites careful looking and sure laughter. Front-matter pages get the story started with a boy named Sherman pedaling determinedly on his bicycle toward the first page-turn. He’s on a Not quite a fish story, but one with broad humor in text and illustrations, Stead and Cordell’s (Special Delivery, rev. 3/15) latest collaboration invites careful looking and sure laughter. Front-matter pages get the story started with a boy named Sherman pedaling determinedly on his bicycle toward the first page-turn. He’s on a mission to tell his friend Sadie about Little Amy Scott, who has just rudely rejected a goldfish as a birthday present and then unceremoniously tossed the poor thing (still in a plastic baggie) into the sea. “He must feel like the only fish in the sea,” worries sensitive Sherman. Sadie, ably fixing her own bike, is the clear opposite of snooty Little Amy Scott, and she immediately sets off to rescue the goldfish, whom she dubs Ellsworth because “every fish deserves a proper name.” The two friends gather an odd array of supplies with the help of a band of monkeys that goes unmentioned in the text but whose antics, in Cordell’s energetic ink-and-watercolor illustrations, add much to the story’s humor. 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. megan dowd lambert

Book Details

ISBN

9781626722828

First Release

October 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.2; Points: 1;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Neal Porter/Roaring Brook

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Animals, Fishes, Social issues, Friendship, Emotions and feelings, Goldfish, Humorous stories,

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