Author Showcase: Wally the Walking Fish: Meets Madison and Cooper
By Gary Lamit, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 11, 2010
Author Showcase: A place for authors and illustrators to gain visibility for their works.*
by Gary Lamit
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (May 28, 2009)
A young pig-tailed girl named Madison, a grumbling and very hungry yellow Labrador retriever named Cooper, and a walking fish called Wally, all prowl the area around their pond, dunes and forest in search of adventure in Gary Lamit’s enchanting Wally the Walking Fish Meets Madison and Cooper. When Madison and Cooper catch a fish in a local pond, they can’t believe their eyes when they meet a real walking fish! They’ve never heard of such a thing and they don’t know quite what to think. But imagine their surprise when the fish begins to talk and introduces himself as Wally! Wally soon charms them and together the three go for a fun walk around the area. While the yellow Lab humorously growls about his supposedly always empty belly, Madison and Wally soon meet another friend: a beaver named Betty. As the group of friends continues on their journey, they soon pick up lots of interesting facts about beavers, fish, mushrooms and more.
Parents will love Lamit’s gentle message of diversity and the importance of friendship. Adults will also appreciate the sidebars of fun facts that are scattered throughout the text, which are as entertaining as they are educational. Children will be charmed by the bright, colorful illustrations and the whimsical story, which is filled with humor. Wally the Walking Fish Meets Madison and Cooper is a wonderful fantasy that will find a place in any home library.
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