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Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The Fish Who Cried Wolf
Scholastic $17.99  ISBN 978-0-439-92825-0  32 pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 14

Once there was a fish and his name was Tiddler.
He wasn't much to look at, with his plain gray scales.
But Tiddler was a fish with a big imagination.
He blew small bubbles but he told tall tales.

Tiddler is a tiny ocean fish that has a bad habit of lying. He's always late to class but tells his teacher it's because he was riding a seahorse, or was captured by a squid. His peers appreciate the tales but they never actually believe them, except for one spunky fish named Little Johnny Dory. One day Tiddler is so absorbed in pondering up his latest excuse that he doesn't see a huge fishing net and he gets hopelessly entangled in it. Fortunately the fishermen take pity on the tiny tiddler fish and they throw him back to sea. That would be great except for the fact that now Tiddler is lost in a strange, dark part of the ocean. But as he takes refuge in some seaweed he overhears a story. A very familiar story indeed...

The Fish Who Cried Wolf takes a classic story and gives it an exciting aquatic twist. The Fish Who Cried Wolf is cute at best but it pales in comparison to the gorgeous, vibrant art. Illustrator Axel Scheffler, with his eye for detail and creative flair, has really brought what lies beneath the waves to life. There is a diverse mix of ocean life to feast your eyes upon like dolphins, lobsters, eels, whales and turtles, as well as all the colourful little fish scattered throughout. Each new page that is turned opens up a vivid new environment: deep, somber waters teeming with predators, sandy tropical beaches and the rich coral reefs. What drew me to the book in the first place was the striking art and bold colours but the story inside makes for a winsome, engaging read for children between the ages of 3 and 6.

I give Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Fish Who Cried Wolf four stars.

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