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FISH FRY TONIGHT by Jackie French Koller

FISH FRY TONIGHT

By Jackie French Koller (Author) , Catharine O'Neill (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-517-57814-X
Publisher: Crown

 In lilting verse, Koller explains how Mouse starts a contented day of fishing, ``gazing, at ripples and dapples that giggled and babbled. While dozily drowsing, she dangled a hook.'' Suddenly, Mouse finds herself bravely landing a fish as big as she is; overwhelmed by its size, she telephones friend Squirrel, encouraging him to bring friends to share it. Merry verse in tow, the tale turns cumulative; in the end, Mouse has to send out for pizza (``with lots of anchovies'') to serve the crowd that shows up for what now looks like a small fish. The lighthearted fun is nicely reflected in O'Neill's cheery broken-line and watercolor illustrations. A fine read-alone, but the humor and catchy rhymes and rhythms especially recommend this for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)