Friday, May 11, 2018

The Only Fish In The Sea by Philip C. Stead

Little Amy Scott May Have Made A Colossal Mistake!

The Only Fish In The Sea

We see a boy riding his bicycle quickly, huffing and huffing as he drives. The boy reaches Sadie, a girl who has her bike dismantled and appears to be working on it, and tells her that Little Amy Scott got a goldfish for her birthday. Amy then announced loudly that "GOLDFISH ARE BORING!" But that's not the end of the story. She rushed to the ocean and tossed him in, bag and all. The boy is worried that the fish is alone in the great big ocean.

Now that doesn’t feel like an odd beginning to a picture book, but the next spread is the copyright page and the title page, which definitely makes this book a bit unusual.

The story consists of dialog. Sadie tells Sherman that he shouldn’t worry. They will rescue Ellsworth. (She has named the goldfish because every fish deserves a name.) Sadie borrows a boat, gathers supplies and heads out with a crew of monkeys and her friend, Sherman. But will this story have a happy ending? And what about that spoiled Little Amy Scott who was rude at her party, and then threw the goldfish in the ocean?

The ink and watercolor illustrations are a bit messy and busy. You will probably like them or not be so fond of them.

My Thoughts:

What Concerned Me: I wasn’t too fond of the illustrations, but they worked fine with the book.

What I Liked Most: If Sherman didn’t know what to do about his goldfish-concern, he did know who to contact. Sadie, who seemed to be a take-charge girl was just the right choice. I also liked the fact that this silly, humorous adventure promoted kindness.

Author: Philip C. Stead
Illustrator: Matthew Cordell
Publisher:   Roaring Brook Press (August 15, 2017)


  • Approx. Words: 275
  • Ages: 3 - 6
  • Pages: 40

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