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The Fish Who Cried Wolf

Written by Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

From the UK's #1 author/illustrator team come their US breakthrough title!

Tiddler is the smallest fish in the ocean, but he tells the TALLEST tales:

"Sorry I'm late, Miss. I set off really early, but on the way to school I was captured by a squid. I wriggled and struggled till a turtle came and rescued me."

"Oh no he didn't."


But then one day on the way to school, Tiddler gets caught in a fisherman's net. How can the little fish with the big mouth talk his way out of this one?

"A charmingly illustrated story about a plain gray fish who 'blew small bubbles' but 'told tall tales.'... Donaldson's gently paced cautionary tale is populated by Scheffler's comical undersea creatures... and the effect is always amusing." - New York Times Book Review

"Donaldson's rhyming text is crisp and clean, leaving plenty of metaphorical room for Scheffler's expansively imagined art. Always gifted at conjuring up entire worlds (even his spot illustrations feel animated and lovingly detailed), he creates an ocean effervescent with texture, color and vividly expressive personalities. And Tiddler is an excellent reader surrogate: spunky, wide-eyed and ultimately triumphant." - Publishers Weekly

"The colorful, detailed illustrations feature an endearing cast of undersea denizens with the text woven through on clean white space.... An engaging book to share." - School Library Journal

Purchase Options
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Spring 2017
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-92825-7
Price: $15.99 US / $17.99 CAN
Trim Size: 9 4/5" x 11"
Page Count: 40
Foreign Rights: Scholastic UK
Translation Rights: Scholastic UK
Rights Available? yes

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