Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever--or Snack Time?

Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever--or Snack Time?

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Sauer’s bighearted tale, two fine, finned friends discover that conventional wisdom isn’t always to be trusted. Nugget the minnow and Fang the shark have palled around forever in the deep ocean. But when it’s time for Nugget to go to school, Fang feels left out. Meanwhile, Nugget is shocked by what he learns in school: “Sharks are toothy. Sharks are scary. Sharks and minnows can’t be friends,” he explains to Fang. Just when things look bleakest, Fang finds a way to win back Nugget’s friendship and shatter the scary shark stereotype. Sauer (Princess in Training) creates kindly characters and hits sweetly humorous notes throughout, avoiding a lesson-heavy tone. Packed with visual gags, Slack’s (Pass It On) digital artwork features varied blues and zingy dashes of orange, magenta, and neon green that make the friends’ undersea home feel like SpongeBob Square-Pants’s Bikini Bottom by way of Mary Blair. Fang’s comparative enormousness and toothy grin help him steal most of the scenes in this funny friendship tale. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Mar.)
From the Publisher

"It's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero."
Kirkus

"Sauer creates kindly characters and hits sweetly humorous notes throughout, avoiding a lesson-heavy tone. . . . [a] funny friendship tale."
Publishers Weekly

"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" fanseither 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."
Booklist

Children's Literature - Beth-Anne White
Nugget and Fang have been best friend for a long time. They do everything together. One day, that changes when Nugget goes to school. There, Nugget learns that sharks are bad and cannot be friends with minnows. Can Nugget and Fang still be friends? Tammi Sauer writes a story that will make children laugh from start to end. The humorous telling engages the reader to find out what happens next. However, this book goes beyond humor and teaches deeper lessons about friendship and peer pressure. Children will be able to empathize with both Nugget and Fang in their struggles to find out what will happen to their friendship. But just as it is easy for the reader to see what the best choice is for Nugget and Fang, Tammi Sauer help the children to apply the moral of the story to their own situations. Parents and teachers will happily read this book to because the children they care for; it is fun to read and has an important lesson. Reviewer: Beth-Anne White
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Two undersea buddies spend all of their time together, until the tiny fish swims off to school and is taught that sharks and minnows can't be friends because sharks are known to devour smaller species. Shocked, and "apparently delicious," Nugget decides that the two should part ways. Though Fang attempts to win his pal back through several well-intentioned but poorly planned endeavors, including dressing up in a ridiculous mermaid outfit to prove he isn't scary, the small-fry remains resolute. Downcast and lonely, the shark is moping in deep waters when he notices that Nugget and the other minnows have been caught in a fishing net. The ever-faithful Fang comes up with a plan to utilize his "big sharp teeth" to save the day. Drenched in rich blues and vivid coral-reef hues, the exuberant illustrations depict a tiny bright-eyed fish and a likable shark with razor-sharp chompers and goofy charisma. 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.—Joy Fleishhacker,School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
Nugget, aptly named, is a tiny minnow, and Fang (even more aptly named) is a shark. One can already begin to predict the conflict. In the beginning, however, Nugget and Fang are oblivious to societal norms. All they know is that they have fun together. What could be wrong with that? But when Nugget starts school, he learns the truth about sharks…in every single lesson. Sauer slyly slips shark warnings into reading, science and even math class: "What if there were ten minnows and a shark came along and ate four of them? How many minnows are left?" Nugget is dumbfounded. Fang would never do that. Would he? It all comes down to the ultimate lesson: "Sharks are toothy. Sharks are scary. Sharks and minnows can't be friends." Fang--who normally has the biggest, goofiest grin on his face--slumps in dejection. He must, somehow, get his best buddy back. Slack's bright undersea world, teeming with a variety of creatures, is an ideal backdrop for these two googly-eyed swimmers. Not the first interspecies friendship tale (and likely not the last), but it's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544052833
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
829,851
Lexile:
300L (what's this?)
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
"It's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero."
Kirkus

Meet the Author

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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Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever--Or Snack Time? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jaelin More than 1 year ago
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....
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
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".
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
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