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TOON LEVEL: 1
INTEREST LEVEL: Age 3+
READING LEVEL: Grades K-1
GUIDED READING LEVEL: M
LEXILE LEVEL: 480
AUTHOR: Kevin McCloskey
DIMENSIONS: 9" x 6"
SERIES: Giggle and Learn
RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2017
About the Book
The facts behind a fish that's worth its weight in gold. Some fish breathe air and some fish fly, but the most wonderful fish of all turns out to be the one you’ve got at home. In another offering of the beloved Giggle and Learn series, Kevin McCloskey blends science, art, and comedy to reveal the true story behind the common goldfish.
"Worms, pigeons and fish: Kutztown professor writes graphic novels inspired by nature"--The Morning Call talks to Kevin McCloskey about how he got started writing science books for kids! Click to read >>
School Library Journal's article "Teaching With Science Comics" shares delightful information about where Kevin McCloskey finds inspiration.
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McCloskey’s works skip from topic to topic, presenting factual information about the subject interleaved with plenty of humor. He tunes in to what kids find appealing by listening to them—as he did during a trip to the Sea Life Aquarium in Orlando, FL. “Children clearly loved the place,” he says. “Toddlers screamed ‘Nemo!’ the moment they spotted a clown fish. In each room, I asked the attendants which fish kids liked best. That’s how I discovered the sea stars that look like chocolate chip cookies.”
The Giggle and Learn series has been featured on WBAA's Book Review. click to listen >>
With easily digestible doses of biological and historical background, common-sense cautionary notes, and a buoyant tone, this is an appealing dive for newly independent readers out to enhance the household menagerie. An ideal lead-in to more specific guides to aquarium setup and fish care."
"This overview of fish big and small (mostly small) takes an irreverent approach to its subject...an entertaining primer for families in the market for a pet fish."
"With expressive figures, warm-toned backgrounds, and wide, open panels, this straddles the line between picture book and comic, making this fun, engaging volume especially well-suited to kiddos just starting to read on their own."
"An appealing format attractive to burgeoning graphic novel and comic book reader."
--School Library Journal
"Emergent readers will enjoy learning about goldfish, not just their history, but also their care."
--A School Library Journal Good Comics for Kids Weekly Pick!
"I can’t wait to introduce kids to fish with Something’s Fishy. [McCloskey's] books make for excellent nonfiction storytime reading and pair nicely with picture books. You can very easily pair Something’s Fishy with Rainbow Fish, Lois Ehlert’s Rain Fish, or any number of fish or sea life-related stories."
--Mom Read It
Washington DC's WUSA 9 selected Something's Fishy as one of the "best summer books for your kids!"
"The lessons here are more subtle and comedic than your straightforward educational work, but that makes this, as with McCloskey’s other books, a fun read, particularly for kids interested in the topic or contemplating a finny pet."
--Comics Worth Reading
"In deep colors that echo the watery depths, the acrylic and gouache artwork is playful but accurately portrays the many species of fish."
--Youth Services Book Review
"Can learning be fun? Of course! If you're in doubt, check out McCloskey's latest nonfiction title for early readers in Toon Books' Giggle and Learn series."
--Mile High Books
Teacher's Guide: Exceptions to Rules
The Something's Fishy lesson plan focuses on exceptions to rules in the fish kingdom. Visit our Common Core Guides page for more free guides created by passionate literacy experts.
Also Available in the Giggle and Learn Series
About the Author
Kevin McCloskey is the author of the critically acclaimed TOON Books Giggle and Learn series, which also includes The Real Poop on Pigeons! and We Dig Worms! He teaches illustration at Kutztown University, in Pennsylvania. Kevin says he discovered many things about goldfish thanks to his son, Daniel. “When he was a teenager, Daniel dug a small pond about the size of a bathtub. It was soon covered with water lillies,” Kevin remembers. “Every winter the pond freezes over, but when spring comes, the fish are still alive. You see them when the ice becomes clear, all lined up next to the pump. I find that amazing. Neighborhood kids have brought us the fish they won at fairs. It’s been almost twenty years and we now have about seventeen fish.” Kevin adds, “I should point out that the various fish in this book would not all live in the same places. Some are deep-sea fish, and some are freshwater fish. I’m no scientist, but I love to learn by observing little creatures, especially those who live in my own backyard.”