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ISBN:9781554697878

Something's Fishy

by Jeff Szpirglas & Danielle Saint-Onge, illustrated by Dave Whamond

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pets, school & education, humorous stories
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list price: $6.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: May 2011
ISBN:9781554697878
Description

Jamie loves sharks. He reads about them. He talks about them. Sometimes he even pretends to be a shark. Too bad no one else wants to join his Shark Club. His peers and parents are quickly growing tired of his current obsession. When Jamie's teacher, Mr. Claxton, brings in a new class pet, Jamie is put in charge. But Jamie has an accident while feeding it, and everyone becomes upset with him. He needs to find a way to make things right. In the end, he comes up with a solution that pleases both his teacher and classmates, a solution that also gives Jamie an opportunity to share his newest obsession -- lizards.

About the Authors

Jeff Szpirglas

JEFF SZPIRGLAS is the critically acclaimed author of Gross Universe and Fear this Book, among others. His stories have been published in Chirp and chickaDEE magazines, where he also worked as a kids’ page editor. He has written for the television series' Polka Dot Shorts, Ricky’s Room, and System Crash, and co-produced two radio pieces for CBC’s Out Front. He lives in Toronto, where he influences young minds on a daily basis as an elementary school teacher.
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Dave Whamond is an illustrator and cartoonist whose work bursts with energy and humor. His syndicated cartoon, Reality Check, can be found in newspapers around the world. Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta.
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Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge live together in Toronto, Ontario, and teach in classrooms with students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Jeff and Danielle have written several books together. Danielle has a master's degree in social anthropology and is a crusader for equity in the classroom. Besides teaching, they spend their time writing stories and taking care of their twin babies.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
7 to 9
Grade:
2 to 3
Reading age:
7 to 9
Awards
  • Short-listed, SYRCA Shining Willow Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
Editorial Reviews

"Uses humor to great effect, and the character dynamics are striking...Whamond's [illustrations] lean towards a cleaner comic style."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A fun school story that should appeal primarily to boys who are ready to start tackling chapter books...Has enough of an ick-factor, and humour to engage any reader. The illustrations by Dave Whamond add a great deal of detail to this lighthearted story, and kids should be quite engaged by both them and the antics in the plot."

— Resource Links

"An energetic short novel...This book was refreshing to read and will surely entertain and surprise young readers. The content is written well, and children will easily be able to relate to their own classrooms and classroom experiences. The illustrations were interesting to look at and offered excellent visuals to add to the Jamie character. The author's experience as a teacher is evident and realistic. The portrayal of the Jamie character is excellent. Something's Fishy will be an excellent addition to a school or classroom library. Highly Recommended."

— CM Magazine

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Something’s Fishy (Orca Echoes)

When his teacher announces the class is going to get a pet, Jamie is thrilled when it turns out to be a betta fish. He gets chosen to be the first student to care for the fish but ends up eating it instead. To make amends he comes up with an idea that will please both his teacher and his classmates.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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