Illustrated by Mike Moran
Simon Spotlight (July 2, 2019)
This 6 book series, coming out two books a year for three years, began as a single book as part of a collection of board book manuscripts I had written under the collective title WATER BABIES. That collection of board books has yet to find a publishing home, but Jeff Salane, one of my editors (at Simon & Schuster, who specializes in board books) was smart enough to see that one book’s potential as an Easy Reader and showed it to the two editors there who immediately bought the book and asked for five more in the series. I loved working with Siobahn and Sally the editors whose enthusiasm for our little fish schoolers has never flagged.
As S&S introduces book one:
a Level 1 Ready-to-Read story bursting with all the excitement and a little bit of the nervousness that color a fish’s first day at a new school.
I look around.
What do I see?
Another fish who’s just like me!
A little scared.
A little new.
All alone and feeling blue.
Starting at a new school is never easy, but it can also be really exciting. Beginning readers can follow along as one intrepid little fish goes through the many emotions associated with a new school experience!
Mike Moran’s breezy, humorous pictures are just right and light for the books. And if they want six more from me, I would be delighted to accommodate them.
What reviewers have said:
- “A sweet and colorfully illustrated easy read, a fun short story about friendship and a new chapter book series for the earliest readers. Once again the prolific Jane Yolen caught me “hook, line and sinker” with her cool rhyming text, characters and feelings that a youngster can relate to and identify with…A charming story…The brightly colored, endearing illustrations add a level of support to young readers while providing a jaunty backdrop to the story. — Youth Services Book Review