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One day, Nugget the minnow heads off Mini Minnows School, and is surprised to learn that sharks are meant to be big and bad. They're also meant to eat minnows--they find them quite delicious.
Minnow is disillusioned. Shocked. (And also delicious.) It can't be true. 'My best friend is a shark!' he cries.
When Nugget tells Fang about his findings, the big shark's heart sinks. He must prove to his friend he's not so scary after all. Perhaps dressing as a mermaid? Offering a basket of seaweed flowers? A tattoo? A song and dance?
But nothing works. Nugget is super nervous, and Fang is out of ideas. Can he come up with a way to befriend his bestie and his equally-nervy friends?
This is a beautifully-illustrated story (reminiscent of the film Nemo) with a quirky cast of characters kids will love. The plotline may be nothing new but Sauer has injected fun, frivolity, drama and most of all--a solid dose of humour that will thoroughly enchant kids.
Fun typesetting, loads of detail and text 'asides' make this a winner for the young set. Parents--also great fun to read aloud.
Title: Nugget and Fang
Author: Tammi Sauer
Illustrator: Michael Slack
Publisher: Koala Books, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: January 2014
For ages: 2 - 6
Type: Picture Book