Dear Fish

Dear Fish

by Chris Gall

Hardcover

$16.99

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316058476
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/10/2006
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 8.87(w) x 11.37(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: AD1030L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Chris Gall is the award-winning author and illustrator of Dear Fish, There's Nothing to Do on Mars, and his most recent, Dinotrux, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2009. His books have received numerous starred reviews and awards including a Borders Original Voices Book for 2006 for Dear Fish and a Kirkus Best Children's Book for 2008 for There's Nothing to Do on Mars. Chris has won a multitude of awards from organizations like the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Magazine, and is also the illustrator of America the Beautiful, a Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Book of 2004. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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Dear Fish 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ASKier on LibraryThing 10 months ago
When Peter Alan pushes a note into a bottle and throws it into the ocean, he has no idea what's in store for him--and his town--the next morning. Dear Fish is Chris Gall's fantastical tale of what might happen in a world where fish read and survive without water. Illustrations are striking digital enhancements of hand-engraved clay-coated board and include ten fish puns, which the author encourages readers to find in his fish-labeled endpapers. Although hand-lettered descriptions of sights and sounds accompanying fish encounters slow the reader's pace and roll nicely off the tongue, it is Gall's illustrations which will keep story-time listeners engaged. Quality, thick paper is appreciated given the expected popularity of this one in the hands of pre-readers. Recommended for ages 3-7.
kikione on LibraryThing 10 months ago
On a family outing to the beach, Peter Alan wrote a note to the fish to come to his house for a visit. They do!!! This causes some problems. So Peter has to write them another note to get them to go back home. On the next visit to the beach, he spots a note inside of a shell to the humans..inviting them to come visit the bottom of the ocean. Here we go again. Love these illustrations. There are 10 fish puns in the illustrations that are fun to look for.
Loralthea on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I adore this book. I know, that's a strong statement to start a review with, but it is true. Gall has done a wonderful job of creating a book that is not only visually stimulating, but has an amusing story. This is a fantastic book for children who are still reading with their parents. Children can enjoy this book, without knowing how to read. There are more pictures than text, and these do a beautiful job of conveying what is happening in the story. The colors and illustrations are bright, crisp and engaging. This is a wonderful book I feel every collector of "picture" books should own.
SmithA45 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
In Dear Fish a town is thrown into chaos when Peter Alan get curious about the sea life at a trip to the beach. He writes the fish a note suggesting they visit him at his house; the seas takes Peter up on his offer. The illustrations are excellent, and this book would be appropriate for a wide range of kids since there is enough going on in the pictures that even non readers would have enough to focus on. The author and illustrator Chris Gall has included a note at the beginning of the book challenging readers to find the 10 visual puns located within the illustrations. I freely admit that it took me a couple of reads to find all of them, but I felt that this was a great interaction within the book. Dear Fish was a great read, and inspired me to use it for another school/library project.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This surreal story about what happens when Peter Alan visits the ocean and, on a whim, invites the fish for a visit. The text is simple, and the illustrations are thick-lined, richly colored, and full of visual puns. The whole is odd, but lovely for the right reader (i.e. me).