April 2010 Indie Next List
“This is an exercise in silliness and laughter! Barry shows all the bored fish of the ocean how many things they could do if they just had fingers! This will be a fun circle time book to play with fingers, thinking of all their uses, and practicing wiggling and tickling!”
— Katherine Fergason, Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Vineyard Haven, MA
Life under the sea can be as dull as dishwater, until Barry arrives, that is. See, Barry is no ordinary fish--he's a fish with "fingers" And fingers mean finger puppets, finger painting, knitting, counting to ten, tickling, and all sorts of fun things. It isn't long before all of the other fish want fingers, too. Life under the sea will never be the same again. . . .
Sue Hendra's hilarious text and bright, bold, colorful art will have youngsters begging to read this story again and again.
About the Author
SUE HENDRA graduated from the University of Brighton, in England, with a degree in illustration. She has illustrated over seventy books for children, including Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks. When she's not busy making books, Sue helps run an art club for children at two of her local museums. Sue Hendra lives in Brighton, where she loves to swim, explore the surrounding countryside, and eat fish-finger sandwiches, much to Barry's chagrin.
Review, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, August 15, 2010:
"Hendra’s bright and cheerful undersea characters make the ocean seem like a great place to be.”