Synopses & Reviews
Ugly Fish is ugly and big and mean, and he won't share his driftwood tunnel or his special briny flakes with anyone. And that means the wimpy little fish who keep showing up in his tank have got to go
. But then one day someone bigger and uglier and maybe even meaner arrives . . . and suddenly Ugly Fish isn't feeling quite
so confident anymore.
From Kara LaReau, author of the Rocko and Spanky series, here is an irreverent and terrifically funny book about a bully who at last gets his comeuppance.
"With his murky green skin and fierce underbite, Ugly Fish rules the aquarium. 'He liked gliding in... and out... of his driftwood tunnel. He liked eating his special briny flakes.' But he hates to share. Each time a potential friend is introduced, he snarls, 'There's only room for one fish in this tank me!' He devours all interlopers, including cute yellow Teensy Fish and the cuddly duo of Stripey and Spotty Fish. In post-meal images, readers witness Ugly's pleased expression and see the victim's fin dangling from his toothy jaw; when he's lonely, he does express mild remorse ('Chasing those fish was fun. If only I hadn't eaten them'). Shortly thereafter, dark-blue Shiny Fish so enormous he doesn't fit on the page, and with sinister dark circles under his narrow eyes joins Ugly in the tank. Ugly acts as though he has learned his lesson, and tries to welcome the hulking newcomer. But predator becomes prey, and Shiny gets 'a nice new home... [burp] all to himself.' Magoon pictures the action in close-up, except for a wordless closing image of solitary Shiny, content in the rectangular tank. In this conclusion, Magoon implies the tiny territory for which the fish compete, and not least, the human hand in the fishy murders. LaReau's text, meanwhile, describes a bully's grim comeuppance. But however satisfying the vigilante justice, only a bigger bully trumps a petty tyrant. This cautionary tale shows that violence begets violence, but never suggests an alternative to the big-fish-eat-little-fish cycle. Ages 3-7. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From the author of the Rocko and Spanky series comes an irreverent and funny book about a bully who at last gets his comeuppance. Full color.
There's only room for one fish in this
tank. . . .
About the Author
SCOTT MAGOON is an art director who has written and illustrated several acclaimed picture books, including Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything. He lives in Reading, Massachusetts.