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FAUCET FISH by Fay Robinson


by Fay Robinson & illustrated by Wayne Anderson

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: June 2nd, 2005
ISBN: 0-525-47166-9
Publisher: Dutton

Parents never listen. Elizabeth has been trying to tell them about all the myriad fish squeezing out of the bathroom faucet upstairs, but they ignore her . . . until a baby beluga in a bathtub plunges through the kitchen ceiling from above. Elizabeth keeps Mom and Dad from calling the National Guard by fetching the plumber from her beloved aquarium. He explains that they have a “fish jam,” a mix-up with the aquarium pipes, and proceeds to free the backed-up fish from the plumbing. Soon marine life peers out from every watery window in the house. All ends well: The family home becomes an aquarium for wayward fish, “And from then on, Elizabeth’s parents listened very carefully whenever Elizabeth spoke.” The storyline itself is appealing, but Elizabeth’s repeated attempts to communicate with her relentlessly clueless parents wear just a bit thin. Anderson’s soft, delicate Peter Sís–like illustrations serve up plenty of fishy fun and their lovely subtleties provide an interesting complement to this utterly over-the-top story of guppy love. (Picture book. 5-8)