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I Used to Be a Fish
by Tom Sullivan


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From debut author-illustrator Tom Sullivan comes a surprising and innovative picture book that is both a light introduction to the science of evolution and a tribute to every child's power to dream big.

In I Used to be a Fish , a boy is inspired by a pet fish and fueled by imagination to tell a whimsical version of his own life story, which mirrors the process of human evolution.  Read more...


 
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Overview

From debut author-illustrator Tom Sullivan comes a surprising and innovative picture book that is both a light introduction to the science of evolution and a tribute to every child's power to dream big.

In I Used to be a Fish, a boy is inspired by a pet fish and fueled by imagination to tell a whimsical version of his own life story, which mirrors the process of human evolution. Children--and adults--will love the Seussian absurdity of this tale.

The book features a timeline of life on earth and an author's note, which includes important facts about evolution.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780062451989
  • ISBN-10: 0062451987
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Science & Technology
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Readers - Beginner

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

Sullivan makes a strong debut with this clever, matter-of-fact, and much-needed look at humanity’s origins. The narrator is a boy who nonchalantly conflates evolutionary biology with his own backstory. He starts with his beginnings in the sea (hence the title) before moving on to his sprouting appendages and fur, and his gradual transformation from tree-swinging primate (who resembles a svelter, furrier Homer Simpson) to modern-day metropolis-dweller and aspiring superhero. Natural selection is in evidence, but for the narrator, the big force propelling humans forward is boredom: “I got tired of swimming,” he observes at the fish phase, and after he transitions from ape to man, “bananas just weren’t cutting it anymore.” Sullivan’s vignettes have a laid-back earnestness, each one a minimalist, sketchlike cartoon, boldly outlined and employing only three colors—bright red, vivid cerulean, and crisp white. An afterword respectfully delves deeper into the science of it all, but irreverence rules the day, and Sullivan proves that, in this regard, he’s a highly evolved talent. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Oct.)

 
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