Monday, April 1, 2013

"Fish Finelli - Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles" by E. S. Farber

ISBN-13: 9781452108209
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
About the book: When the Whooping Hollow town bully, Bryce Billings, bets Fish Finelli that he can't find Captain Kidd's treasure, Fish and his best buds Roger and T.J. must embark on a quest to find the long-lost booty!  Between sneaking into the library to track down Captain Kidd's treasure map, stowing away on a boat, and trespassing on the legendary Lyons Island, Fish and his friends are up to their necks in "goose poop!"  Will Fish be able to find Captain Kidd's treasure, make Bryce eat his words, and win the bet?  Chock-full of secret handshakes, black-and-white illustrations, and cool sidebars featuring fun facts, the first book in this new series is a must read! (back of book)

Review: "Fish Finelli" was an advance readers' copy sent to Alamance Christian School (set to be released on April 16, 2013) and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.  I whole-heartedly agree with the above statement from the back of the book -- "a must read."  While the "genre" of the book is listed for middle school, it is easily suitable for 4th grade and up.  It is a "kid friendly" read, packed full of adventure.
While reading the story, you will find tidbits of information on the sides of the pages that make the story even more interesting.  Such as who Marco Polo is, what an osprey is, how the microwave came to be, and even that gum is made from rubber.  The "tidbits" are short and easy for the reader to remember. 

This first book in this new children's series is great and I look for to future additions!! (reviewer P.Howard)

Author: E.S. Farber is the mother of a boy who likes facts along with his fiction, which inspired her to write Fish Finelli. She has authored numerous books for children. She lives in Amagansett, New York.
 Illustrator, Jason Beene is the art director of Callaway Digital Arts, teaches at MIT and RISD, makes games, and is father to two girls. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
DISCLOSURE: A copy was provided through a giveaway program requesting a review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer and receipt of the book was not contingent on a favorable review.

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