32pp., hbk., RRP$A24.99
Terry is a very plain fish who lives with his best friends Cilla the crab and Steve the sea snail, playing games like Dodge-a-Dolphin, Shark Speed and Hide-a-Fish. But while he enjoys their company and the games, he secretly covets the glamour of the other residents of Coral Reef City as they flit about showing off their colourful, glittery finery. But they see Terry as dull and boring and shun him leaving Terry sad and isolated.
But then he has an idea and after a bit of this and a bit of that he emerges as the most stunning, dazzling tropical fish in the ocean. Immediately those who shunned him the day before are attracted and beg him to play with them. Swishy, swishy, swooshy, swooshy – Terry joins his new friends leaving Cilla and Steve behind. But as well as attracting his new friends, Terry has also caught the eye of Eddie the Eel who has just one thing on his mind…dinner!
This is a new take on the old themes of being satisfied with and proud of who you are, being comfortable in your own skin, being careful about what you wish for and the value of real friends. It builds to a climax and young readers will want to know if Terry escapes and whether his new “friends” will still be friends. The bright illustrations contrast with Terry’s feeling of being dull and with their rich blue background, the reader feels they are part of that undersea world with all its riches and colours.
Perfect for inspiring discussions about individuality and valuing the differences of others as well as artwork!.