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Author: Chris Gall

Illustrator: Chris Gall

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 2006

Material: hard cover

Summary: Peter Alan had such a great day at the beach, he invited the fish to come visit him. When sea creatures great and small accept his invitation, life gets very interesting! This is a picture book fantasy.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Reading Level: 4.5

Age of Child: Read with a 4-1/2 year old child.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He loved the story. The illustrations gave her a chance to identify and recognize lots of the sea creatures she has read about in othe books.

Adult Reader Reaction: Dad didn't like this one as much as Mom did. The story has some great humor. The creativity in giving new roles to some of the ocean creatures was wonderful.

Pros: The story has lots of action (both in illustration and word choice) to keep readers attentive and/or interacting with the book. Some pages speak for themselves, without words, letting a child add his/her own story elements.

Cons: None, really. Some people may find the dark colors not to their taste.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Be prepared to renew it! This is a fun summer book.


Educational Themes: The story is about the joy of letting your imagination take over. There is plenty of ways to continue this story, from "what would you do if a x came home" to crafting an invitation that invites other flora or fauna home to write a story about what would happen.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, adventure, animal characters, fantasy,

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2006

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