In this humorous and heartwarming picture book, Mr. Fish refuses to share his tree with Bird and Cat—until he learns that making friends is more rewarding than losing them.
Bird and Cat meet in a tree. But someone already lives in this tree—Mr. Fish. And he does not want to share.
After Bird and Cat leave, Mr. Fish discovers that it’s actually pretty boring to sit in a tree all by yourself. Getting Bird and Cat back—along with Mr. Fish’s old friends from the sea—is going to require some real work. And Mr. Fish is already having a tough time, because fish aren’t supposed to be on land in the first place.
Author-illustrator Peter Stein has created a quirky, hilarious take on the challenges and rewards of friendship—and being a fish out of water—in this unforgettable picture book that feels like a rediscovered classic.
An Imprint Book
“This story about friendly cooperation, expressed through dialogue, soliloquy, and narrative, is a comical hoot; the simple, matter-of-fact, dryly witty text will arouse kids’ giggles throughout. The riotous cartoon illustrations ably drive the lively proceedings; Mr. Fish is especially expressive, a master of the absurd. Note the punny final page . . . Nothing fishy here: an adorable, laugh-out-loud winner.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Whimsical, quirky, and unpredictable enough to keep kids and adults alike on their toes, this is a winner for story times or one-on-one—an all-around charming addition to picture book collections.” —School Library Journal, starred review