Carl Caught a Flying Fish

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This wacky story features a devilish flying fish who wreaks havoc the moment he follows Carl home. Not only does the fish eat all the food in the house and insist on sleeping in Carl's bed, but when he becomes Carl's show-and-tell at school, things truly get out of hand. Full color.

Because the flying fish which he caught gives him nothing but trouble both at home and at school, Carl throws it back into the water.

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Overview

This wacky story features a devilish flying fish who wreaks havoc the moment he follows Carl home. Not only does the fish eat all the food in the house and insist on sleeping in Carl's bed, but when he becomes Carl's show-and-tell at school, things truly get out of hand. Full color.

Because the flying fish which he caught gives him nothing but trouble both at home and at school, Carl throws it back into the water.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ignoring a "No Fishing" sign, a boy named Carl casts his line and reels in big trouble. Although this tale mimics the scheme and singsong meter of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," the catch of the day is no docile sheep; instead, it's a peculiar orange fish with white wings and a haughty, heavy-lidded gaze. The shifty-eyed fish goes home with Carl, where it promptly crawls out of an aquarium and empties the pantry of food. Then, per the original nursery rhyme, "He followed Carl to school next day.../ To be his show-and-tell." The children laugh and play as the fish bounces a ball off the teacher's head, but Carl's grin fades when his pet splashes paint all over the classroom. Using colored pencil, marker and gesso, O'Malley (Rollercoaster; Cinder Edna) draws his human characters in various states of surprise, amusement and annoyanceand his fish in perpetual self-satisfaction. Yet the hilarity that would justify this excursive silliness never materializes. The visual slapstick, like the rhyme, feels forced. Ages 3-7. (May)
Children's Literature - Michelle H. Martin
In this sing-song-like remake of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," Carl catches a flying fish that brings him no end of trouble. After taking the big, orange fish home from a pond that is clearly marked "No fishing," Carl finds that the fish is happier eating everything he finds, sleeping in Carl's bed, and using his toothbrush than swimming around in the fish tank. Carl takes the fish to school, where he creates more disasters. When he wrecks the classroom and ties up the teacher, Carl finally acknowledges that the fish is out of control. Carl makes him clean up all of his mess, catches him once again with his fishing rod, and returns him to the pond. Carl attaches to the "No fishing" sign a note: "YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT! - Carl." Readers will empathize with Carl's dilemma, and adults will enjoy the illustrated asides that clearly label Carl and his family as radical environmentalists. Carl finds his Earth-friendly convictions challenged by an arrogant fish that seems to have made a habit of taking advantage of unwary, naive fishermen.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1A smirking, mischievous flying fish takes the place of Mary's little lamb in this amusing takeoff on the old rhyme. When a young boy catches a large winged goldfish in a local pond, it seems like a dream come truethey play together and the fish accompanies him home. But Carl's smelly, greedy friend wreaks havoc in school the next day, destroying the classroom and tying up the teacher. Carl finally has to catch it again and throw it back into the pond. Children will love to chime in as the rhyming text is read aloud and will enjoy the colorful, cartoonlike illustrations, which are outlined in black to make them stand out. Use the book for a compare-and-contrast lesson with "Mary Had a Little Lamb."Jan Shepherd Ross, Dixie Elementary Magnet School, Lexington, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689800986
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/16/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.45 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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