FISH STORY by Katharine Andres


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Age Range: 4 - 10
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 Craig isn't a fisherman, but he's sitting in a boat musing about wishes when he strikes up a conversation with a huge fish. ``Otto'' has just realized he can grant wishes; he goes home with Craig (``graceful[ly] skimming along on his tail''), stays for dinner (on wife Ann's invitation; Craig cooks), and engages in gentle discussion--with mild philosophical overtones--about what wishes would be appropriate. In the end, Ann wishes for ``an old, lovely house that a family in a children's book would live in,'' Craig ``that all the people I love be happy and healthy,'' and their son Henry that Otto would live with them (no problem). When little Felix is finally old enough for his wish, he gets two--this is a benign, laid-back world, unlike Grimm's closely related ``The Fisherman and His Wife.'' The contrast is intriguing, and New Yorker writer Andres tells her offbeat tale in an engagingly literate voice; but McGraw's gorgeous illustrations steal the show. His collages of simple forms, textured with spatters and dappled with artful splashes, are a feast of luscious color. Sophisticated whimsy, not for every taste but sure to find an audience. (Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 10th, 1993
ISBN: 0-671-79270-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1993


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