Synopses & Reviews
Every day, Snail waits for Fish to come home with a new story.
Today, Fish's story (about pirates!) is too grand to simply be told: Fish wants to show Snail. But that would mean leaving the familiar world of their book—a scary prospect for Snail, who would rather stay safely at home and pretend to be kittens. Fish scoffs that cats are boring; Snail snaps back. Is this book too small for the two feuding friends? Could this be THE END of The Story of Fish and Snail?
Deborah Freedman, author of Blue Chicken, has created a sweet and playful story about friendship that truly jumps off the page.
"Freedman (Blue Chicken) continues to explore the idea of books as worlds unto themselves, playing with representing three-dimensional objects on two-dimensional pages. The timid snail of the title waits in a goldfish bowl that, readers will quickly see, is actually a spread in a picture book. Snail's friend Fish returns from his daily outing with an invitation: 'Ahoy, Snail! Guess what? I found a new book!' Snail's not interested: 'I don't want to go into other books,' he says. 'I like this book.' Despite the offer of a secret treasure and a pirate ship, Snail won't budge, and the two part ways angrily: 'Fine, Snail. Good-bye. The end.' Snail crawls to the edge of his book to see the new book far below, opened to a watery page. 'Fish?' he calls uncertainly and then boldly leaps himself, in a moment of uncharacteristic bravery. The theme of books as doorways into rich new adventures couldn't be more vividly conveyed, and the resolution of the conflict between two sweet friends provides encouragement for other 'snails' to try new things. Ages 3 5. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Deborah's first book, BLUE CHICKEN:
"Breathtakingly beautiful meta-illustrations will draw many eyes to this tale of a curious chicken who spills some paint... Delicate and durable, visually sophisticated yet friendly: simply exquisite." —Kirkus, starred review
"Full of surprise and emotion... The book has much to pore over on every page, and children will want to experience the action over and over again." —School Library Journal, starred review
"The spare, poetic text allows the images to shine... this delightful treat emphasizes the joy of breaking free of conventional boundaries and turning accidents into art." —Booklist, starred review
"While the artist is away, the chickens will indeed play, and Deborah Freedman has captured their antics in this book overflowing with joyful fun." —BookPage
"... all will appreciate the sheer joy of a book that celebrates color and innocent mischief." —Horn Book Magazine
Praise for THE STORY OF FISH AND SNAIL:
“The theme of books as doorways into rich new adventures couldnt be more vividly conveyed, and the resolution of the conflict between two sweet friends provides encouragement for other 'snails' to try new things.” —Publishers Weekly
“…[a] sweet little story…” —School Library Journal
“Freedmans paintings, brimming with raucous, three-dimensional splashes of color, bring to mind David Wiesners Art and Max.” —New York Times Book Review
A mind-bendingly clever farmyard romp
In this deceptively simple picture book, author-illustrator Deborah Freedman has created an irresistible character that springs to life and wreaks havoc in a farmyard with a pot of blue paint. The innocent chicken just wants to help, but things get worse and worse - and bluer and bluer - the more she tries. Playing with colors and perspective, and using minimal text, this richly layered story reveals new things to see and laugh about with each reading.
About the Author
Deborah Freedman (deborahfreedman.net) is the author of Blue Chicken and Scribble. She lives in Hamden, Connecticut.