Ugly Fish by Kara LaReauUgly Fish by Kara LaReau

Ugly Fish

byKara LaReauIllustratorScott Magoon

Hardcover | May 15, 2006

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Ugly Fish is ugly and big and mean, and he won't share his driftwood tunnel or his special briny flakes with anyone. And that means the wimpy little fish who keep showing up in his tank have got to go . But then one day someone bigger and uglier and maybe even meaner arrives . . . and suddenly Ugly Fish isn't feeling quite so confident anymore.From Kara LaReau, author of the Rocko and Spanky series, here is an irreverent and terrifically funny book about a bully who at last gets his comeuppance.
SCOTT MAGOON is an art director who has written and illustrated several acclaimed picture books, including Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything. He lives in Reading, Massachusetts.
Title:Ugly FishFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 9 × 9 × 0.38 inPublished:May 15, 2006Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152050825

ISBN - 13:9780152050825

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! As a children's librarian I use Ugly Fish all the time for programs with children ages 4 to 7. The repetitive nature of the text is great for interaction with the kids and the illustrations are fantastic! Children often break out into laughter upon sight of Ugly Fish!
Date published: 2007-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ha ha ha This is the best book ever! Parents might want to read it before giving it to their children. I won't give away any of the ‘delicious’ plot details. But take my word for it, this book has ‘bite’! It’s Finding Nemo meets Series of Unfortunate Events. And it’s got a moral too. If you’re up for it, here’s a way to teach your kids about a little something we call karma. Do unto others… Ugly fish, I love you.
Date published: 2006-12-04

Editorial Reviews

Grade 1-4-Ugly Fish is big, mean, and not keen on sharing his space with others. Whenever new tank-mates arrive, he chases them around and then eats them. Once they're gone, he wishes that he had someone to play with and regrets his actions. However, wishes can be dangerous things, and soon Shiny Fish arrives on the scene. He is much larger than Ugly Fish and looks vaguely sharklike. Ugly Fish, lonely no more, proudly shows his new friend around the tank. Impressed, Shiny Fish decides he wants it all to himself, and, after a short chase, polishes off Ugly Fish with a burp. Edgy pen-and-ink, digitally colored cartoon illustrations perfectly complement the short text's dry and wicked humor. The comically exaggerated details within the sharp pictures prevent the plot from becoming too heavy. While not for the faint of heart, this book will appeal to many kids; they'll thoroughly enjoy its humor and shock value.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA