Flash the Fish – written by Paul Kor

  Flash the Fish – written by Paul Kor, translated by Annette Appel, Dial Books for Young Readers, (9780735227460), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

What did you like about the book? Unlike the others in the large school of his family, one tiny silver fish named Flash likes to swim by himself, “faster and farther than the others.” One day, he finds a giant black thing that turns out to be a baby whale that has gotten lost from her parents. Flash gets his family to swim off in many separate directions to search for the missing parents while he keeps the baby company. In short time, Mama and Papa Whale are found. After that, Flash and the baby whale are friends and play together. This was originally published in 1990 and translated from Israeli.

Anything you didn’t like about it?   The shiny silver of Flash and his family might have been an innovative design at the time, but everyone is familiar now with the same design element (only more colorful) in Rainbow Fish.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Youngsters in preschool to first grade might enjoy this.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  4/27/17

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