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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (6 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847385168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847385161
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the best covers and titles this year complete with sparkly orange foil.
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A funny tale that relies on one single gag, and ends with the moral that everyone has special talents that makes them unique.
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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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This is a cheerful book with a clearly expressed but not heavy-handed message. (MILD SPOILER, BUT I'LL TRUST YOU NOT TO TELL ANY KIDS.) When Barry shows up with his swell fingers it steals the limelight from Puffy, the big-bubble-blowing fish, who gets all envious and mopey. Barry has fun showing off his fingers to the delight of the fishy crowd, and then an exciting event leads him to a reconciliation with the bubble-blower. The ending is a particularly clever resolution in which everyone is a winner.

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.
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I remember the first time I read The Gruffalo, I remember the first time I read The Highway Rat (He's a thief!) and I will remember the first time I read Barry The Fish With Fingers.

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.
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This little book was bought for our step great grand-son who, we have heard today, absolutely loves it.
At first glance we thought it a bit cheap & lacked content but the test is the recipient's view & it has the thumbs up!
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This story perfectly tells the story of the origin of fish fingers....just joking!

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!!!
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We visit the library every monday and this was one of our selection. Florence said she didnt want to visit the library the following monday and it was all because she knew she would have to return this book.
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
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I love the witty story and illustrations in this children's book. I first read this to my daughter when she was 19 months old. She loves the colourful pages and the story is great as you can be overly dramatic, which makes the story such fun to read out loud!

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.
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Like Norman, Barry is a hit with my sons (3 and 1). I personally prefer Barry but they seem to prefer Norman. Anyway, it's a lovely book with fun, colourful illustrations and a sweet story. Right length as well. Definitely would recommend this to anyone.
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My children love the Barry books and they want more. We already have the hairy scary monster so let me know if any others come about. Amazingly entertaining yet simple for the children to recite or read.
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