FISH WHO COULD WISH
by John Bush
THE WISHES OF A FISH
A happy story with a moral about wasted opportunity - told simply against a background of cheerful, lively illustrations - gives this childrens' book an edge over those with which it competes. Ideal to spread the joy to be found in the world of print.
20 SEPT 91, EJH
The poem providing the text for this picture book 'swishes' along. The fish - who is quite a character - has plenty of wishes and the lively illustrations extend them in all ways. They are lively, colourful, imaginative pictures with a lot of wit. The one showing a hunting pack of sharks got dog-eared very quickly! This is a great book for sharing with a class, and for the children to enjoy on their own.
RECENT CHILDREN'S FICTION VOLUME 31 WINTER 91/92 Sue Stops
A jaunty orange-yellow fish with a bulging, knowing eye and expressive fins and tail stands out in a watery backing of muted greens and blues and acts out a neat parody of folk tale where extravagant wishes (for a turreted castle, a dashing sports car, 'a horse and a spanish guitar' and more ambitious life-styles) conclude in disaster because the foolish fish, weary at last of changing shapes and sizes, incautiously wishes he could be like his fellow-fish, so losing his mysterious power. Lively doggerel verse spells out the tale and its moral while a final end-paper clinches everything with a portrait of a rueful fish emitting bubbles of disappointment. A good joke cunningly promoted.
GROWING POINT JULY 91, John Beck
A story in rhyme of 'A fish who could wish / And each wish could come true'. His wishes are mostly unsuitable for they include a car, a castle, a horse and a snowy slope on which to ski under the sea. Only very occasionally does he think of a sensible wish and the one thing he never wishes is to be wise! His last wish is his final one for he wishes to be like all the other fish. As none of them is able to wish, neither can he any more.
The illustrations to this bizarre exercise of imagination are suitably fantastic. Korky Paul is a popular artist, winner of the Children's Book Award for his illustrations to WINNIE THE WITCH. THE JUNIOR BOOKSHELF JUNE 91, EC
I have always thought that illustrator Korky Paul sounds like a character from Dandy. His work is lively and cartoon-like, with witty detail and bright colours. His picture-book THE FISH WHO COULD WISH is about a red-and-yellow fish whose every wish is granted.
The fish dreams up a baroque-gothic underwater castle with sharks circling the pinnacles, a yellow convertible (with fins) roaring from a clump of waterweed, an underwater snow-scene - with snowman in snorkelling gear - and a whole wardrobe of zoot-suits. Alas, the talented fish never wishes for wisdom, and loses its gift through sheer stupidity.
HAMPSTEAD & HIGHGATE EXPRESS 11 MAR 94, Jenny Woolf