The cover of Something Fishy ($14.95, Rainbow Morning Music Picture Books, Ages 7-9) is awesome! Open it up and you will find many more terrific illustrations too, all done by cartoonist David Clark, whose work has been featured in The Washington Post.
You’ll find the illustrations to be so fitting for the clever rhyming verse, written by author Barry Louis Polisar. Each 2-page spread features a different sea or freshwater animal. From crabs and jellyfish to killer whales and crocs, there’s a lot to learn about creatures that live in water.
An odd name for a fish
And perhaps a bit explicit
It might be a sweetlips fish
But I would never kiss it.
What I love about this book is that, while it ranks high on the cuteness factor, it is also very educational. The youngest readers will be enamored with the illustrations while learning a whole lot about animals that swim. The author and illustrator of this book seem to work quite brilliantly together because they have teamed up on several previous titles. Definitely a two fins up for this one.
– Reviewed by Debbie Glade