In David Almond’s lovely growing-up tale, Stanley Potts’ very ordinary life is turned upside down when Uncle Ernie loses his job on the quayside and develops an extraordinary fascination with canning fish.
Overnight, life at 69 Fish Quay Lane turns barmy, and when Uncle Ernie’s obsession takes an unexpectedly cruel turn involving Stan’s beloved goldfish, Stan has to leave the life he’s always known.
And so his voyage of self-discovery begins with Stan running away to the fair where working on Dostoyevsky’s hook-a-duck stand leads to a chance encounter with Pancho Pirelli, the piscatorial genius who swims with piranhas. Our Stanley Potts finds himself in an adventure he never imagined.
See if Stan is bold enough to dive into the churning waters and choose his own destiny in this beautiful, fishy fairytale.
This is a lovely story from the mind of master storyteller David Almond whose imagination is perfectly pitched for younger readers in this book. The illustrations by Oliver Jeffers, whose Lost and Found set of books are on constant rotation in the fluxlings household, are warm and funny putting the very ordinary Stan into the most amazing landscapes. Get ready for a slippery twist that’ll have the young tiddler’s flapping with excitement.
The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas is available in hardback (£9.99). Published by Walker Books. For Age 8+