Fish on a Walk

Fish on a Walk

by Eva Muggenthaler
     
 

Twelve illustrations by an award-winning artist invite children and adults to give free reign to their imaginations and invent their

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Twelve illustrations by an award-winning artist invite children and adults to give free reign to their imaginations and invent their

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bugs gaze at a fish couple as they stroll arm-in-arm, a family of wild boars sets off on a train journey, and a dragon with a fishing pole catches his own tail in German artist Muggenthaler’s exploration of contrasts. Her spreads are crammed with visual information, thickly painted in a palette of soft greens and earth tones, each bearing a set of opposing adjectives like “Usual�Unusual,” “Same�Different,” and “Tricky�Truthful.” In a spread labeled “Happy�Sad,” a downpour has turned a dog’s umbrella inside out. He’s drenched and miserable, but the ducks and frogs swimming in the rain that’s gathered in his umbrella grin broadly (they’ve even got a little palm tree). The pictures are not always so easy to decode, though. In “Jealous�Accepting,” mountain goats push a sled uphill, while other goats toboggan down. Sure, the laboring mountain goats are jealous, but who’s accepting? And what’s the meaning of the green spectacles that appear in every spread? Nonetheless, there’s lots to talk about in this saucy, offbeat book; it’s the kind children will return to. Ages 4�8. (Feb.)
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“Jealous-Accepting. Same-Different. Tricky-Truthful. So reads the provocatively spare text accompanying lush illustrations of all manner of animals doing extraordinary things […] the book’s lovely premise encourages original storytelling and the incorporation of personal experience on the part of its listeners.” – ForeWord Reviews

“Illustrator Eva Muggenthaler brings us into the realm of the amiably enigmatic. It’s that kind of picture book: full of visual pranks, silent amusements and mysterious meaning.” – Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal

Fish on a Walk is an unusual children’s book that will lead to visual and conceptual adventures that are profoundly educational.” – The Midwest Book Review

“… there’s lots to talk about in this saucy, offbeat book; it’s the kind children will return to.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“A German surrealist debuts on this side of the Atlantic with a set of independent scenes that will give wings to flights of imagination. [...] [The] central scenarios can be seen in a glance, but further examination reveals smaller and often more ambiguous side business that, properly, invites questions (Why do those ants have shopping bags? Is that a shark’s fin in that puddle of spilled soda?) and speculative answers.” – Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
This book is filled with an almost surreal illustration that can inspire a variety of stories. Under each picture, the only text included are two words that are opposites. "Scared—Brave" shows a small, wide-eyed rabbit and his gigantic bass fiddle on stage in front of an audience, with his parents proudly watching off stage. Animals are "Alone—Together" on a seesaw. Fish walk across a bridge while bugs cross another underneath them for "Usual—Unusual.' Contrasting clothes on a line and bats and ghosts end "Ready for fun—Ready for Bed." Readers are encouraged to make up their own tales for these unusual illustrations. The painted scenes are amply constructed to stimulate stories based on the actions. Although all characters and objects are rendered naturalistically, the light-hearted atmosphere should encourage individual inventiveness. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This nearly wordless book features full spreads of brightly painted, quirky animals and insects in unusual environments, each informed by a set of opposite words (happy-sad, jealous-accepting, wild-polite). An unnecessary preamble on the copyright page explains that readers can use the words to help tell a story (it even begins the process as an example), and states that the paintings are so full of detail that children will repeatedly pore over the book to find all there is. There is some enjoyment to be had exploring the weird world Muggenthaler imagines, but a crowded shelf of fine wordless books makes this an additional purchase.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
Kirkus Reviews
A German surrealist debuts on this side of the Atlantic with a set of independent scenes that will give wings to flights of imagination. Small figures of dressed animals, animated mushrooms and the occasional gnome stroll or scuttle through indoor and outdoor settings over word pairings that are sometimes opposites and other times not (quite): "Scared – Brave," "Cranky – Kind," "Tricky – Truthful." A teeter-totter with an elephant on one end and a wobbly-looking pyramid of smaller creatures on the other illustrates alone/together; a "Brave" frog guitarist serenades an audience of attentive veggies while a "Scared" bunny cellist suffers an attack of stage fright; a table of monkeys going "Wild" in a restaurant as a family of "Polite" pigs studiously looks away. These central scenarios can be seen in a glance, but further examination reveals smaller and often more ambiguous side business that, properly, invites questions (Why do those ants have shopping bags? Is that a shark's fin in that puddle of spilled soda?) and speculative answers. Though Muggenthaler's art, painted with small strokes and daubs of muddy, generally low-contrast colors, is subdued, her lively imagination and tongue-in-cheek sense of humor provide a redemptive shine. Pleasant diversions for younger talespinners. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592701162
Publisher:
Enchanted Lion Books
Publication date:
01/24/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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