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Saturday 7 August 2010

Review: Bill the Fish

Title: Bill the Fish

Author: Brett Curzon

Illustrator: Brett Curzon

Publisher: Pixsell Graphics, $20.00 RRP

Format: Hard cover

ISBN: 9780646529769

For ages: Pre-school

Type: Picture book

About: Bill the Fish is happy. Which is just as well because, in such a large sea with all these other different creatures, one needs to be fond of being a bit different.

The story takes us through introducing us to all Bill’s friends: the prawn with the beard, a friend made of jelly, the stripy fish and the fat fish.

This is a tale about being different, and loving everyone for their unique looks and abilities. It’s such an important message to give our children.

The first sight of this book is so appealing: bright primary colours on a hardback cover. And the illustrations are beautiful, with all the characters having such personality.

The rhyming text falters in rhythm at times, but is still charming and fun.

This is a gorgeous story that children will love and be drawn to.

The ending says it all: “Bill likes to say ‘I’m happy being me’, which is very important in such a large sea”…

How could anyone resist that?

This book is available online