Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Graphic easy readers/non fiction
What did you like about the book? This graphic easy reader begins with a “fishy” alphabet: a fish for every letter. Then two children (African-American) teach their pets – a dog, a cat and a parrot – about fish. Each page opening talks about a characteristic of fish, and then reveals information about a fish that breaks from the rule. In deep colors that echo the watery depths, the acrylic and gouache artwork is playful but accurately portrays the many species of fish. Information about goldfish, which most children will be familiar with, ends this very accessible and appealing reader. I also like that the pets are the students, allowing children to picture themselves teaching to creatures less knowledgeable than themselves!
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Offer this to readers who enjoyed the other titles in the series (The Real Poop on Pigeons! and We Dig Worms!) and to early readers who enjoy non-fiction.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic easy readers
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: April 11, 2017