BARRY THE FISH WITH FINGERS by Sue Hendra

BARRY THE FISH WITH FINGERS

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Age Range: 3 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

The fish in the sea are bored. There’s nothing to do but swim, swim, swim. Until Barry shows up, that is. Barry is a fish with...fingers! Wide-eyed with exuberance and brandishing ten bright-orange fingers stuck on like perpetual jazz hands, Barry is just what the ocean needs. With his fingers he can do many new things. Play with finger puppets! Knit a scarf! Type a letter! Tickle! And perhaps the most important of all—warn other fish of danger. When a large box suddenly falls into the water, Barry’s pointing finger (and accompanying shout) saves the day. What is in that large box? Pirate Jack’s Tasty Fish Sticks, of course. Now all the fish can have fingers too! A bit of a plodding plot aside, it’s no wonder Barry is able to cheer everyone up; Hendra, wielding bright gouaches on playfully flat compositions, has created one impossibly endearing little fish. (Readers would do well not to explore the bioethics of the fishes’ new digits too closely, though.) (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: June 8th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-375-85894-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2010




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