From the spiky lionfish and the brightly colored clownfish to lanternfishes and hatchetfishes that flash lights so they can find each other in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean, children will be fascinated by the breadth of sea life depicted.
With a simple, rhyming text and richly textured illustrations, author-illustrator Susan Stockdale introduces young readers to different kinds of fish and the underwater world they call home. An afterword offers fascinating facts and a closer look at each fish.
What I loved: The illustrations in this book are gorgeous! The fish are easily recognizable for parents and little ones will enjoy the detailed and colorful images throughout. The rhyming text makes it a fun listen for younger readers, and the text per page is relatively limited, making it a quick read. Young readers are sure to enjoy the pages that will turn as quickly as they like.
What left me wanting more: As a small thing, it would have been helpful to include the animal name on the page somewhere, so that parents will be able to tell young readers all the fish names. Most are recognizable (clownfish, pufferfish), but some are less well-known and would be helpful to have labeled. There is a key at the end, which is helpful and gives some extra facts too, so this is a very small thing.
Final verdict: A rhyming and delightful adventure, this watery exploration is simple fun for young readers and budding oceanographers. Older infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can all find something to enjoy in this beautifully illustrated picture book.
FABULOUS FISHES is a marvelous meld of pure enjoyment and intriguing facts. It would be perfect in a preschool setting, up through a second grade classroom, as well as a great read-aloud for story time at home. Highly recommended.