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Fish Faces (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Press: Turtleback Books (March 15, 1997)
Author Name:Wu, Norbert


The author-photographer, a marine biologist, uses his own photographs to introduce readers to some of the more amusing characteristics of the creatures he's encountered on his dives.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-- A brief alliterative, rhythmic text accompanies a host of brilliant full-color photos. 
The slight text contains some minor quirks.
For instance, "A nose that shines in the dark!" refers to the luminous fleshy proturberance on the snout of a deep-sea anglerfish.
Also the fish on the back cover is not a guineafowl puffer as indicated in the notes.
More irksome are such nonscientific phrases as "Faces that are friendly" and "Faces that are fierce." Some of the small inset photos lose their definition when placed against multicolored backgrounds, but the others are in clear contrast to the vivid blues and greens of a wavering, watery world.
Despite these minor carps, the glowing photos and simple text provide a rare look at some strangely shaped and/or brightly colored ocean dwellers for young readers.
A final page names all the fish depicted, page by page, but the pages aren't numbered, and no further information or description is given.
--Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, NYCopyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Celebrating the enormous and colorful variety of ocean life, a marine biologist and underwater photographer groups his splendid color photos by characteristics he points out in a concise text with a verse-like cadence: ``Fish that glide on fins like wings...Spotted fish, dotted fish/Fish with lines and stripes and waves...Red eyes/Green eyes/Great big pretend eyes....'' With snapshot-sized insets superimposed on creatively varied vistas featuring additional specimens and the lush blue or green of the sea itself as an out-of-focus background, his compositions are as interesting for their design as for the fascinating comparisons they present. 
A final page identifies the specimens (a matching challenge, since the pages aren't numbered).
Remarkably handsome.
(Nonfiction/Picture book.
3-9) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“Celebrating the enormous and colorful variety of ocean life, a marine biologist...groups his splendid color photos...with a verse-like cadence....Remarkably handsome.” ―Kirkus Reviews“Bound to make children more than a little bit curious.” ―Booklist, boxed review“Breathtaking.” ―Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Norbert Wu is an independent photographer and filmmaker who specializes in marine issues. 
He has taken photos in nearly every conceivable underwater locale and is the recipient of National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Grants and a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship, the world's only prize dedicated to marine conservation.
The author of several books, including Fish Faces, Mr.
Wu lives near Monterey, California.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Comment List (Total:8)

  •     Love it.

  •     The creator of this book is a marine biologist, and the colorful overlays of his underwater photographs are so interesting, they make the text's general lack of flow (hence, the three star rating) seem less important. Both rare and more familiar fish are showcased, and notes in the back of the book identify them all. Some of the more fierce-looking fish presented are so intense they might be scary to sensitive younger readers, but they were not so for my two-year-old, who really liked puring over all the pages of this book.

  •     Pictures are interesting and very colorful. Text is just right for small children; keeps them enthralled from cover to cover!

  •     This is a fantastic book. The photographs of the marine life are fascinating to young readers. The simple text in the book is perfect for preschoolers and beginning readers.

  •     This book was a of little use to me so I passed it on the the thrift store. A much better book on fish faces is Fishface by David Doubilet published by [...] Hundreds of spectacular photosshane

  •     I read the original book to my class of 1st graders. This book is the same, except the size of the book is maybe 8X10. The original book is approx. 14X24. The larger book was good for large classes, whereas the smaller is good for groups of 15 or less.

  •     I ordered this product as a replacement for the same book that my brother accidentally ripped. It turned out that this book was smaller compared to the original; it would have been better if the size was indicated. But overall, the contents was the same and the book was crisp.

  •     This is an anti-ADHD book for young children. It has nice photos of fish faces, brightly colored, pretty, captivating, interesting. Wonderful book for early childhood, Kindergarten, PreK, beautiful. It is a good book for children to draw pictures from. Children love to draw these type of pictures. Don't use Ritalin, use these type of books and encourage children to draw and color them.


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