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DEAR FISH by Chris Gall


by Chris Gall & illustrated by Chris Gall

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-316-05847-5
Publisher: Little, Brown

Handsome, comical pictures reminiscent of David Wiesner’s Tuesday (1991) illustrate a briefly told tale of a fishy foray onto dry land. Before departing from a day at the beach, young Peter tosses out a bottle containing an invitation to the fish to come visit. The next morning, there’s a grouper in the tub, a blue whale soaring over the rooftops and a host of other finny tourists—identified on the endpapers—floating into town. Gall creates strong-lined, digitally colored scenes viewed from angles high and low, featuring large, distinct figures that sometimes edge beyond the frames. He also tucks seahorses into a rodeo scene, a school of fish drifting into a classroom, a sawfish and a pair of hammerhead sharks brushing aside a carpenter and other visual jokes. Closing with a wordless view of Peter and his family driving into the drink to take up a reciprocal invitation from the fish, this tongue-in-cheek outing will engage readers with a taste for the surreal. (Picture book. 6-8)