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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
by David Almond and Oliver Jeffers

Overview - A boy escapes home to seek his own way in the world in a whimsical new outing by the award-winning Almond, with illustrations by "New York Times"-bestselling artist Jeffers.   Read more...

 
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Overview
A boy escapes home to seek his own way in the world in a whimsical new outing by the award-winning Almond, with illustrations by "New York Times"-bestselling artist Jeffers.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780763661694
  • ISBN-10: 0763661694
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: August 2013
  • Page Count: 230
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-06-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

As he did in The Boy Who Climbed to the Moon, Almond strikes a lighter, more whimsical note in the story of orphan Stanley Potts. After Stanley’s guardian, Uncle Ernie, is fired from his job, the man quickly rebounds with “big, big plans” to build a fish cannery in his home. When ambition and greed prompt Uncle Ernie to dip his fingers into Stanley’s bucket of pet goldfish, an infuriated Stanley leaves home and joins a carnival. He is working the hook-a-duck stall when he is discovered by Pancho Pirelli, a man renowned for performing the death-defying act of swimming with piranhas. Pancho, on the verge of retirement, is looking for a replacement, and Stanley might fit the bill. Reinventing oneself can be dangerous, disastrous, or fortuitous, as this proudly silly tale (and Jeffers’s equally blithe spot art) illustrate, and there will always be members of the establishment (in this case, DAFT, the “Departmint for the Abolishun of Fishy Things”) trying to prevent the realization of dreams. Bold, imaginative, and funny, Stanley’s bigger-than-life escapades will tickle imaginations. Ages 9–12. (Aug.)

 
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