Tuesday, January 12, 2016
A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer and P.D.Eastman
A Fish Out of Water was one of my favourite books as a child and this edition was published in 1963. How excited was I when I found this today? A little boy buys a fish he calls Otto from Mr Carp and is promptly given the instruction:"Never feed him a lot. Never more than a spot! Or something may happen. You never know what." Yet straight away after landing home, the lad is being more than generous with the feeds. The rhyme drives the story along as Otto quickly outgrows one watery habitat after another. Pretty soon the local policeman is involved and then the fire brigade, and eventually Mr Carp makes a return appearance to make for a very satisfying ending to the story.