The Fish Who Cried Wolf

Reviewed: August 5, 2008
By: story by Julia Donaldson / art by Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Books
32 pages, $17.99

I must say that the title of this one put me off. Fish crying wolf? Why not ‘shark!”? Something like Tiddler Told a Tale might have been a better choice, because that’s just what the little fish called Tiddler did. He was forever late for his school (heh) and he always had a fantastic excuse to give his teacher.

The good thing about this is that other creatures enjoyed Tiddler’s tales and repeated them far and wide, making a chain of storytellers that Tiddler was able to follow to get back home during the one time when something fantastic and nearly horrible did almost happen to him.

I won’t tell you what that was and exactly how the story chain worked, but it’s a cute poem with a bouncy little rhyme scheme and the illustrations actually do help to tell the tale.