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Tiddler: The story-telling fish [Board book]

Julia Donaldson , Axel Scheffler
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June 1 2013
This colourful undersea adventure from the bestselling creators of The Gruffalo and Stick Man is now available in board book format!

Tiddler is late to school every day, and he always has an elaborate excuse for his teacher. One day, as Tiddler is thinking up his next story, a net sweeps him up and hauls him far away from his school. How will Tiddler find his way home? All he has to do is follow the trail of his biggest, fishiest story yet!

Full of bright colour and bouncy repetition, this engaging book makes a fun introduction to the wonders of story-telling!

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Praise for Tiddler: The story-telling fish

"A charmingly illustrated story about a plain gray fish . . . Donaldson's gently paced cautionary tale is populated by Scheffler's comical undersea creatures . . . and the effect is always amusing." —The New York Times Book Review

"Donaldson's rhyming text is crisp and clean, leaving plenty of metaphorical room for Scheffler's expansively imagined art . . . he creates an ocean effervescent with texture, color and vividly expressive personalities. And Tiddler is an excellent reader surrogate: spunky, wide-eyed and ultimately triumphant." —Publishers Weekly

"The colorful, detailed illustrations feature an endearing cast of undersea denizens with the text woven through on clean white space . . . . An engaging book to share." —School Library Journal

About the Author

JULIA DONALDSON is currently being honored as the UK Children's Laureate, and has written many bestselling picture books and novels for young readers. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Malcolm.

AXEL SCHEFFLER's award-winning books include Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, and The Gruffalo. His illustrations have been published in more than thirty countries. He lives in London, England.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite kid's book! March 24 2012
By Kara
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
A very fun read. I love reading this aloud to my children. It best suits 18 months to 4 years. Wonderful rhymes, a lilting speed to the prose, and many parts that the children love to shout out themselves. I love the fact that it encourages storytelling and imagination in little ones, too. There is no one out there that comes close to this duo... The best storyteller/artist combo ever, in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good teaching tool Jan. 5 2010
By marg
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was very well written. My 7 year old grandson enjoyed the story very much and certainly learned why he should not cry wolf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 22 2014
By Waverly
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Great book. My three year old loves it. Great ending. Very unique. Would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a soon to be classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! March 5 2014
By Nunubi
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like all of Julia Donaldson's books, Tiddler is catchy and cute! My daughter loves to repeat the lines that Tiddler says! The accompanying illustrations are amazing (Axel Scheffler will never let you down!). Great book. I highly recommend it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book to Share With Your Child May 30 2008
By antiomi - Published on Amazon.com
My son got this book for his 3rd birthday, and it quickly became both his and my favorite. The story is a cute one -- a little fish named Tiddler tells elaborate stories about why he's late to school every day. Then one day he is caught in a fisherman's net and then lost in the ocean. Then he hears someone telling one of his tall tales, and he traces his own story back home.

The book rhymes and has repeating text, so even the smallest kid can "read along." The pictures are gorgeous, imaginative and full of details for little eyes to notice. The story is fun for kids and really very touching for adults. Put a child on your lap and read this with them . . . over and over and over again.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely book for you AND the kids to read Nov. 24 2007
By A. Woodley - Published on Amazon.com
Julia Donaldson manages to write compelling rhymes which are easily read aloud and enjoyed by Adults and children. In this great fun book Tiddler is a small fish in a school with Miss Skate - but he is always late and always with a big excuse. Unfortunately one day there really IS a problem, a man with a net.

Axel Sheffler gets to let his wonderful illustrations run riot for the underwater illustrations. His rich pcitures are really compelling and great fun detail for the kids to pick up. I don't think any book with beat Room on the Broom (another Donaldson/Sheffler book) however it is wonderful to have others. They are fun to read and share
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny story of an unusual talent. July 11 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's THE FISH WHO CRIED WOLF tells of the smallest ocean fish who tells the tallest tales to explain his tardiness - until one day he really is caught by a fisherman. Can he use his storytelling abilities to escape? Hilarious fish drawings add personality and zest to the funny story of an unusual talent.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your kids will love this book! Oct. 21 2008
By Jus' - Published on Amazon.com
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Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler quickly became my 3 year old twin boys' favorite author/illustrator team with wonderful books like The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, Charlie Cook's Favorite Book, Where's My Mom, and The Spiffiest Giant in Town. I even bought a set of these books for my 5 year old nephew because he loved them and asked for copies of his own. The Fish Who Cried Wolf definitely does not disappoint and is currently at the top of the Most Requested Books List in our home. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is engaging for kids as well as adults. I can read this story again and again and my boys never tire of hearing it as well as the other books created by this fabulous team of Donaldson and Scheffler. Definitely buy this book. You will not be disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiddler never cried wolf Oct. 4 2011
By Joanna - Published on Amazon.com
I love this story, and so does my four-year-old. However it is sold in England simply as "Tiddler". I feel that renaming it as "The Fish Who Cried Wolf" for the US market really does it a disservice. This is clear from the reviews by those expecting morals from the story that were neither intended nor implied in its original format. I see it as a celebration of creativity and the often distracted and nonconformist behaviours of those who are very creative. Tiddler is not caught out because of his exaggerations, as this new title implies. He is caught out because he is daydreaming, and he is saved by the spectacular and memorable nature of his exaggerations. HUGE difference.
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