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Barry the Fish with Fingers Paperback – 6 Jul 2009
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About the Author
Sue Hendra graduated from the University of Brighton in 1994 and has been working as an illustrator of children's books since then. She is the author/illustrator of the hugely successful BARRY THE FISH WITH FINGERS. Sue lives in Brighton.
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Top Customer Reviews
The pictures are bright and appealing. Barry's fingers are stylized, not creepy. (I kept thinking about "fish fingers" on the school lunch menu. That's probably not the exact teachable moment the author was aiming for, but what do I know.) The story is light and zippy. Actually, for a picture book we get a lot of story - Barry's whole fingers thing, the way he connects with old bubble-blower, the way the story wraps up. That's a lot of action, but none of it seems inaccessible to a little reader. And there are a dozen mild positive lessons to be drawn from the tale.
The upshot? This feels like a fun, silly and pretty upbeat treat for reading time, and it's certainly a book an adult reading to youngsters could have fun with. A nice find.
The combination of beautiful illustration and a storyline bordering on the epic make for a fantastic journey through the world of a fish with fingers.
I can see a bright future for Barry. He has a real prescence about him and just seems to leap off the page(more so in the pop up version apparently). I really hope Sue Hendra puts her Barry thinking fingers on and gets to work and some more great fishy tales!
A must buy for any age and a great present to receive.
At first glance we thought it a bit cheap & lacked content but the test is the recipient's view & it has the thumbs up!
Barry the fish with fingers is a lovely story to read together, with bright and colourful illustrations on every page. My daughter loves this book so much she borrowed an extra copy from nursery to read at home - so now we have one each!
The only downside is my daughter now believes this is where fish fingers come from, and she hasn't eaten any since!!!
We got our own copy and all is well. Barry the fish with fingers is now free to swim into another childs book bag.
Funny and appealing to children and mad daddy and I chuckle too. Lovely bright pictures even for the youngest child.
Highly recommended by us. Enjoy
I only had two slight problems with the book, which caused me to knock off one star from my review.
1. Puffy has a slight attitude problem when he becomes jealous of Barry, and uses the words "hate" and "stupid". So I find myself explaining to her how rude and grumpy Puffy is every time I read this particular page.
2. When the crate falls, the story doesn't expressly explain that there are musical instruments falling into the sea. Older children can read between the lines, but for my toddler, I had to break from the story telling at this point and explain what is in the pictures so the story made sense.
Even with my slight gripes, we still love the book! Just the picture of Barry on the cover makes me laugh. Children all around must now have a very odd image of how fish fingers are made.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Felt finger puppets to go with it really made this special - a great idea from someone else - easy to make though.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A really fun and amusing story my daughter loves this book. It's also good as it teaches children not to be jealous of others as the pufferfish is a little about Barry's fingers.Published 1 month ago by michael and sarah
Fantastic book and lovely and colourful. I thought that the fingers would end up as dinner but they are much better than thatPublished 3 months ago by Claudia
Lovely tale great pictures one of the first books my son read himself a firm favourite at bedtime.Published 5 months ago by nikki k
Fantastic book, although I change a few words as I read along because I'm not teaching my 3 year old to use the words hate or stupid! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Good kitty