Count With Little Fish – written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins

  Count With Little Fish (A Little Fish Book) – written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick Press, (9781536200249), 2018.

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? In rhyming lyrics, fish are counted, “One Little Fish, swimming in the sea. / Two twin fin-fin fish, as pretty as can be.” Most of the fish are cheerful, with the exception of “seven scary fish with sharp teeth.”  The fish (a different set with each page turn) are displayed in Cousins’ usual bold, vibrant colors outlined in black against a blue ocean background. After reaching ten, the last page shows some of the fish from preceding pages and invites readers to point out which ones they recognize.

Anything you didn’t like about it?   No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended especially for reading aloud to youngsters in preK to first grade.

Who should buy this book? Day care centers and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with board 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:  3/7/18

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