Long, long ago before human kind was even a shadow of a thought and land was just a barren desert, the ocean was full of fish. They came in all shapes and sizes, colourful and scary but one fish was particularly special. This fish was the smartest fish in the sea. Most unusual of all was his strange desire to walk on land and he spent many long hours staring at the empty shores while his companions played in the waves. One day he made up his mind that he would be first to walk on the beach and he thought long and hard before finally inventing... Feet! This little fish set foot on dry land for the first time ever but it soon became clear that it was a lonely place and it wasn't long before he rejoined his friends in the water. But his adventure was just the start of the long and difficult conquest of land.
When you think about it this is a book of staggering ambition, to take the incredibly complex theory of evolution and somehow condense it and make it accessible to young readers and I have to say it succeeds magnificently. Without being over the top with the telling, Chris Wormell manages to inform and delight with this funny tale of a smart little fish and his pioneering work in the name of evolution. Everything is here to both satisfy budding scientific minds and provide an entertaining story while the final page in particular is well worth a look as it contains animals from dinosaurs, reptiles, birds and of course, us, all starting from one little fish in the water.
The authors' writing creates a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with its chatty feel and the illustrations are colourful with plenty of humorous goings on to ensure there is always something new to notice.