Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever--or Snack Time?by Tammi Sauer
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In the deep ocean, tiny Nugget and big, toothy Fang get along swimmingly—until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate (and hilarious) measures. But it’s not until his big sharp teeth save the entire school that minnows learn this shark is no foe. Fantastically stylized artwork adds even more humor to this undersea story of unlikely friendship.
"It's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero."
"Sauer creates kindly characters and hits sweetly humorous notes throughout, avoiding a lesson-heavy tone. . . . [a] funny friendship tale."
"The text's cadence is well-timed for sharing aloud, and both narrative and illustrations zing with humorous touches. An entertaining tale that sends a positive message about the power of friendship and the importance of individuality."
—School Library Journal
"Incorporate this into fish- or shark-themed storytimes or share with "Finding Nemo" fans—either way, kids are likely to snap it up hook, line, and sinker."
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Slack's bright blue scenes are full of action, reaction, and witty details."
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Tammi Sauer, a former teacher and library media specialist, is the author of many popular picture books, including Nugget and Fang, illustrated by Michael Slack, and Princess in Training, illustrated by Joe Berger. She lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. Visit her website at www.tammisauer.com.
Michael Slack is the illustrator of Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer, Edgar Allan Poe's Pie by J. Patrick Lewis, and many other picture books. He lives in Lafayette, California. Visit his website at www.slackart.com.
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This is a great book for teaching kids that sometimes others preconceived notions are not always right! It is also great for helping to teach about conservation of the oceans....
Nugget and Fang were great friends and played together constantly. Would they be "Friends Forever"? In this colorful simple illustrated story, it portrays the answer. Many times, the innocence of children is ruined by fear instilled in them by well-meaning adults and peers. If someone is very different or if they appear "scary", that does not mean they are. Too often, people and other things are stereo-typed. This is wrong. It is important to teach basic principles but be trusting until a genuine reason is given not to trust. There is usually safety in numbers. If a group befriends one who is different or frightening in appearance, the danger of mischance is lessoned. Too often, peers are prejudged, or warnings against them are wrong. Our world could be a better place if others were viewed innocent until proven guilty. It can "backfire" but so can friendships with "normal" friends one feels is trustworthy. If correct principles and warnings are taught and groups with solid ethics are encouraged, chances of positive outcome are increased. This is a great book for toddlers and very early elementary age children. It is easily read. The illustrations are bight and eye-catching for "little ones".
Reviewed by Avery, age 9 If you like Bruce in Finding Nemo then you will loveNugget and Fang as this book is about a shark who just wants to be friends with everybody and his little minnow fish buddy, Nugget. Nugget starts school and is shocked to find that out sharks eat fish and he tries so hard to tell all of the minnow kids that his best friend is a shark and would never eat them, but none of them listen to Nugget. He tells Fang and just wants to show all of the fish he isn’t like what they say he is and they try and show the fish. This doesn’t work and Fang goes and pouts. Then, something awful happens. Can Fang save the minnows and prove to them he is a good shark? “”OH, NO!” “I FEEL SEASICK!” “WE’RE THE CATCH OF THE DAY!” The artwork is very special and looks like a mix of hand painted and stamps. It’s very colorful and all of the lines and dots on the fish and coral make them look more lifelike. Definitely pick this book up. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review* *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review