TEN SLY PIRANHAS by William Wise

TEN SLY PIRANHAS

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

 The long subtitle--``A Counting Story in Reverse (A Tale of Wickedness--and Worse!)''--explains it all: Ten toothy fuchsia piranhas (``Each a slippery schemer, with a dozen dirty tricks'') ogle and menace and, one by one, devour each other; the last is snapped up by a crocodile. The violence here is considerable, but tastefully implicit; the beady-eyed Amazonians in Chess's brightly tropical river scenes (intriguingly displayed in over/under cross sections) simply disappear, while the author also leaves their gruesome demises to the imagination. Wise's rhymed verse has a catchy rhythmical beat that propels it as persistently as the predatory fishes' hunger. Readers of a certain sort will relish this mightily. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8037-1200-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1993




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