Did you hear about little Amy Scott? She got a goldfish for her birthday and then just threw it in the ocean! That doesn’t seem right.
I guess Sherman and Sadie will have to go save little Ellsworth (every fish deserves a proper name) on their own. They’ll need:
Twenty-one pink balloons
A bucket of paint
Appropriate headwear in case of weather—good or bad
Don’t worry. Ellsworth is in good hands now, but what ever happened to little Amy Scott?
Join Sadie (Special Delivery) on another adventure inThe Only Fish in the Sea, a delightful picture book by Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell.
A Neal Porter Book
Philip C. Stead is the author of the 2011 Caldecott Medal bookA Sick Day for Amos McGee. Books that he has recently written and illustrated includeIdeas Are All AroundandSamson in the Snow.He previously collaborated with Matthew Cordell onSpecial Delivery. Philip lives with his wife, illustrator Erin E. Stead, in Michigan.
Matthew Cordell has illustrated many books for children includingSpecial Deliveryby Philip C. Stead, aWashington Post Best Book of 2015. He is the author and illustrator of several picture books includingWolf In The Snow,Another Brother,Wish, andHello! Hello!. Matthew lives outside of Chicago with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and their two children.
*"A contemporary tall tale fueled by the characters’ genuine caring and heart. Best read one-on-one to feast on the clever cartoon artwork."—School Library Journal, starred review
*"This is comforting fare for children, especially those who themselves have been cast adrift, and sensitive readers in more secure situations may even spare some sympathy for Little Amy."—Booklist, starred review
*"Stead never takes Sadie’s campaign for virtue too seriously, yet her shining sense of justice lingers long after the silliness subsides."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"Readers who are looking for more moxie in their lives will love this absurd adventure."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Throughout, Cordell’s style is reminiscent of Quentin Blake’s work, with comically perilous seafaring scenes that recall the Miss Armitage picture books. Meanwhile, Stead’s text contains echoes of Dahl’s writing, with moments of dark humor, a satisfying comeuppance for Little Amy Scott, and a surfeit of heart in the child heroes’ rescue of lost Ellsworth."—Horn Book
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