Michael Garland, author illustrator
Holiday House, 2012, Fiction
Suitable for: Ages – 4-6 years “I Like to Read”
Themes: Fishes, Contentment, Self-Acceptance, Wishes
Opening/Synopsis: Fish had a wish. “I wish I were a bird!” said Fish. “I could fly high up in the sky.” Fish looks longingly around at the other animals — a turtle napping, a skunk making a big stink, a butterfly with pretty wings — and wishes it could be something different. Then a bug comes along and fish gulps it in one bite. Perhaps being a fish isn’t so bad.
Why I like this book: This is a great summer book so simply written that children will want to read it again and again. I like the word repetition and sounds. Garland has written and illustrated a breathtaking book that is a feast for the eyes. He has used a “digi-wood technique,” which draws from Asian and classical European wildlife art. Each double-page spread has a wood grain background and is full of rich texture. Children will have fun studying each illustration for the detail. The book will certainly captivate a child’s imagination. Check out all Michael Garland’s books on his website.