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Hooray for Fish! [Board book]


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Lucy Cousins is the creator of the phenomenal Maisy books. She won the 2002 Smarties Book Prize Gold Award for the Under-5s category with her picture book Jazzy in the Jungle (9781844284771). Her other titles include Za-za's Baby Brother (9780744570267), which was used by baby charity Tommy's in a nationwide ad campaign. She lives in Petersfield, Hampshire.


PreS-Cousins takes youngsters on an excursion to the bottom of the ocean where cheerful Little Fish greets a wide variety of friends. Playful rhymes such as "Hello spotty fish,/stripy fish,/happy fish,/gripy fish" add to the merriment. Finally, Little Fish meets none other than his own mother with "Kiss, kiss, kiss,/hooray for fish!" The various creatures include fish with numbers for gills and with strange shapes and sizes. The deep blue backgrounds change hue throughout the pages much as the sea changes colors at different depths and climates. Team this appealing oversize book with Dr. Seuss's One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (Random, 1960), Robert Kalan's Blue Sea (HarperCollins, 1992), and Nancy Van Laan's Little Fish, Lost (S & S, 1998) for a swimming good time.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"* "This book is vivid and exuberant, each page a beautiful composition. Hooray for Lucy Cousins!" The Sunday Times * "Lucy Cousins offers a resounding cheer for all kinds of imaginary fish as she represents them in their glorious day-glo colours." The Guardian"

Anyone who thought Cousins's Maisy was the ne plus ultra of cute had better make room for Little Fish, her latest star. Yes, he's diminutive (made to seem more so in this oversize volume), but the hero, whose orange, yellow and teal coloring brings to mind a particularly luscious frozen confection, is no chicken of the sea. However much bigger, fatter, flamboyant or even grumpier the other fish may be, Little Fish always offers up a friendly greeting: "Hello, spotty fish, stripy fish, happy fish, gripy fish," says Little Fish, flashing his bright eyes and smiling to the finny passersby (the text is set in the author's signature black, boldly roughhewn typography). Cousins's exuberant illustrations bring new meaning to the old saying, "plenty of fish in the sea." She packs her saturated, neon-hued pages with an undersea menagerie that includes a huge school of tiny minnow-esque fish and a comically preposterous "ele-fish," complete with trunk. Just when readers think there aren't any more fish to meet, Little Fish introduces the "one I love best, even more than all the rest"-his Mom. "Kiss, kiss, kiss," proclaims the text as the two pucker up. "Hooray for fish!" A book that's certain to make an impressive splash, whether read to one youngster or an entire storytime circle. Ages 2-5. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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