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|FishFishFish : a graphic novel|
Author: Nordling, Lee
Three connected, wordless stories relate heroic tales of a small but independent fish, a hungry barracuda, and a school of dozens of fish.
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/15)
School Library Journal (02/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/01/2015 This new volume of Three-Story Books features the interconnected, wordless adventures of an independent little yellow fish, a hungry barracuda, and a school of fish. The barracuda chases the yellow fish, who hides in the coral as other small fish gather together for safety in numbers. When the barracuda tries to get them, they flee to the coral where the yellow fish still hides. They all then swim to a shipwreck to evade the barracuda. Each story unfolds in one of three rows of panels on each page, so readers can follow one story at a time or all three at once, which sometimes requires reading the columns of panels from top to bottom in order to make sense of them chronologically. Because the book is wordless, it’s accessible to early and emerging readers, who might enjoy creating their own narratives. Bosch’s colorful art, clearly depicting the action, characters, and emotional changes as the plot progresses, makes it easy to follow each story individually or all together. Useful as both a storytelling and writing exercise. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2015 Gr 1–4—This picture book in graphic novel format has a neat structural concept to showcase point of view. The panels can be read by following one of three rows individually, or by going page-by-page in the usual reading method. Each of these rows presents a different character's perspective of events; the top is for the oblivious little yellow fish, the middle for the persistent predator, and the bottom is for the broader collective who bands together to prevent a tragedy. Although kids' eyes will move most naturally from left to right, they will get the full story by taking in the whole page. Even adults can appreciate this nifty approach to the format. Just like Nordling's and Bosch's previous graphic novel BirdCatDog (Lerner, 2014), the final page of FishFishFish states the moral of the story. VERDICT Thanks to its wordless design, expressive characters, colorful look, and small jumps in time between panels, this tale will appeal to a broad range of children.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.