Fish is the story of a boy and his dog who seem to be out for a day of fishing on the lake. Unlike most children’s books, the pictures don’t accompany the story. Instead, they are the story – there are no words, but instead the pictures tell you what is happening.
I love the simple illustrations in this book, but the storyline didn’t quite hold up for me. Since there are no words, the author has used letters in the place of fish. So when the boy reels in his first catch, it is an “f,” and then an “i,” and so on. One of the hang ups for me was that there is also supposed to be something lurking in the water around the boat (along the lines of a shark) that is represented with the letter “c.” After spending a while contemplating this “c,” I came to the conclusion that it was just supposed to look like a mouth coming out of the water, but since the other letters came together to spell words (“fish”), I was constantly trying to figure out what word “c” was going to spell. On top of that, the ending is completely out of the blue, as the letters the boy caught are then used to spell “finish” at the finish line of a race.
|Liam Francis Walsh
|Roaring Brook Press
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