Lee Nordling

Book - 2015

Three connected, wordless stories relate heroic tales of a small but independent fish, a hungry barracuda, and a school of dozens of fish.

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Three-story books.
Graphic novels
Minneapolis : Graphic Universe 2015.
Physical Description
32 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Main Author
Lee Nordling (-)
Other Authors
Meritxell Bosch (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Review

This new volume of Three-Story Books features the interconnected, wordless adventures of an independent little yellow fish, a hungry barracuda, and a school of fish. The barracuda chases the yellow fish, who hides in the coral as other small fish gather together for safety in numbers. When the barracuda tries to get them, they flee to the coral where the yellow fish still hides. They all then swim to a shipwreck to evade the barracuda. Each story unfolds in one of three rows of panels on each page, so readers can follow one story at a time or all three at once, which sometimes requires reading the columns of panels from top to bottom in order to make sense of them chronologically. Because the book is wordless, it's accessible to early and emerging readers, who might enjoy creating their own narratives. Bosch's colorful art, clearly depicting the action, characters, and emotional changes as the plot progresses, makes it easy to follow each story individually or all together. Useful as both a storytelling and writing exercise.--Kan, Kat Copyright 2015 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-This picture book in graphic novel format has a neat structural concept to showcase point of view. The panels can be read by following one of three rows individually, or by going page-by-page in the usual reading method. Each of these rows presents a different character's perspective of events; the top is for the oblivious little yellow fish, the middle for the persistent predator, and the bottom is for the broader collective who bands together to prevent a tragedy. Although kids' eyes will move most naturally from left to right, they will get the full story by taking in the whole page. Even adults can appreciate this nifty approach to the format. Just like Nordling's and Bosch's previous graphic novel BirdCatDog (Lerner, 2014), the final page of FishFishFish states the moral of the story. VERDICT Thanks to its wordless design, expressive characters, colorful look, and small jumps in time between panels, this tale will appeal to a broad range of children.-Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Horn Book Review

A hungry barracuda assumes--wrongly--a lone fish will make an easy meal (FishFishFish). Two children have very different imaginary experiences of the same tea party in the park (SheHeWe). These wordless graphic novels make good use of an original format (read across panels for individual characters' perspectives; read top to bottom to "get the whole story"), but the stories are occasionally difficult to follow. [Review covers these Three Story Books titles: FishFishFish and SheHeWe.] (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

Fishbig, small and manyvisually tell their tales as three underwater adventures converge in a cleverly developed wordless graphic format.Following the design of its predecessor, BirdCatDog (2014), the book presents three different narratives that can be read individually or as one cohesive story. The first thread follows a bright, lemony yellow tang fish (think a yellow version of Dory from Disney's Finding Nemo) as it swims through a vast ocean, determined in its solitude. Next, a large, menacing barracuda confidently prowls the depths looking for its next meal, thinking itself nearly invincible in its place at the upper echelon of the food chain. The third story offers myriad different fishes banded together to gain protection as a group. When the barracuda goes after the smaller fishes, it learns the small can be mighty, and there may always be some bigger than you. (Echoes of Swimmy resound.) Like peering into an aquarium, Nordling and Bosch's tale is quiet, but it's swimmingly bright with the vibrantly vivid spectrum of underwater life. Readers may well feel they can "hear" the fish gliding through the water. For those familiar with BirdCatDog, some of the tripartite format's novelty may have worn off, but this exercise in character point of view is still sharply evinced. A peaceful meditation that should delight readers with its multiplicity of composition. (Graphic adventure. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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