Faucet Fish

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Elizabeth loves fish, but she is only allowed to have a boring little guppy.Then one day a trout plops out of her bathroom faucet. Elizabeth can't believe her luck! Next a flounder wriggles out, followed by an eel and a triggerfish. Soon fishbowls fill the house, but it's not until a baby whale crashes into the kitchen that Elizabeth's distracted parents finally start listening to her. Wayne Anderson, illustrator of The Tin Forest and The Dragon Machine, has crafted surreal illustrations that brim with color and ...
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Elizabeth loves fish, but she is only allowed to have a boring little guppy.Then one day a trout plops out of her bathroom faucet. Elizabeth can't believe her luck! Next a flounder wriggles out, followed by an eel and a triggerfish. Soon fishbowls fill the house, but it's not until a baby whale crashes into the kitchen that Elizabeth's distracted parents finally start listening to her. Wayne Anderson, illustrator of The Tin Forest and The Dragon Machine, has crafted surreal illustrations that brim with color and detail, bringing to life this quirky story about a fish wish that comes wildly, wonderfully true.

Author Bio: Fay Robinson is the author of several picture books, including Who Needs Birds When Dogs Can Fly?, photographed by Charles R. Smith Jr. She lives in Chicago. Wayne Anderson is an award-winning illustrator with a particular penchant for the fantastic and the strange. He lives in England.

Elizabeth can never get her parents' attention, even after she has filled the house with fish tanks to hold the creatures that keep coming out of her bathroom faucets.

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Children's Literature
Parents possess a built-in mental switch for tuning out their offspring. Children around the globe stand at their mother and father's elbows repeating the plea, "Mom? Mom? Mom? Mom? Mom?," until their errant parent wakes up and acknowledges them. Faucet Fish by Fay Robinson addresses this issue with whimsy and grace. Elizabeth loves fish. She only has one guppy, but she wants more. Her parents are so caught up in their own interests that they do not really hear her pleas for more pets. Nor do they respond to her when her wish for fish comes true as a variety of ocean life starts to pour out of the family faucets. When a baby whale finally falls through the bathroom floor, Elizabeth's parents are forced to pay attention. This charming book is deliciously empowering for kids and a gentle reminder to adults. The book's illustrations and layout are practically perfect, too. The text swoops and drops around the page, following the slippery path of Elizabeth's fish. The illustrations are the kind that invite musing and revisiting. They are made up of soft, continuous lines that draw the eye around the page to discover intriguing details secreted away in corners. Faucet Fish is a fabulous book, sure to entice and intrigue readers of all ages. 2005, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin, Ages 3 to 8.
—Courtney Angermeier
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Elizabeth loves fish. She's a regular visitor at a nearby aquarium and at home keeps a lone guppy. Her oblivious parents ignore her pleas for more fish and pay no attention when a steady stream of species starts coming out of the bathroom faucet. She does her best to care for a trout, flounder, moray eel, squid, catfish, dogfish, and others. However, the girl's parents just don't listen until a beluga whale comes on the scene and they are forced to take notice. Anderson's surreal illustrations combine with Robinson's rather lengthy text to create a very fishy story. Although this lively tale will surely please some readers, it also seems a bit unsettling. A marginal choice.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Parents never listen. Elizabeth has been trying to tell them about all the myriad fish squeezing out of the bathroom faucet upstairs, but they ignore her . . . until a baby beluga in a bathtub plunges through the kitchen ceiling from above. Elizabeth keeps Mom and Dad from calling the National Guard by fetching the plumber from her beloved aquarium. He explains that they have a "fish jam," a mix-up with the aquarium pipes, and proceeds to free the backed-up fish from the plumbing. Soon marine life peers out from every watery window in the house. All ends well: The family home becomes an aquarium for wayward fish, "And from then on, Elizabeth's parents listened very carefully whenever Elizabeth spoke." The storyline itself is appealing, but Elizabeth's repeated attempts to communicate with her relentlessly clueless parents wear just a bit thin. Anderson's soft, delicate Peter S's-like illustrations serve up plenty of fishy fun and their lovely subtleties provide an interesting complement to this utterly over-the-top story of guppy love. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525471660
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2006

    what fun!

    this is a wonderful book, fun! i was drawn to it because the artwork was so fantastic. what fabulous illustrations. every child i have read this book to has just loved it..... as do i!

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