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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
Fish Bowl is a lively children’s book by Andy Gutman. The book focuses on a purple blowfish as it interacts with its environment. This rare fish notices the world beyond its tank and the fish and faux diver within it. The puffer fish admits to her shyness, and many children could identify with having people look at them while they try to adjust to social situations, making Fish Bowl a wonderful story for children who may experience feelings of insecurity.
The puffer fish talks about setting goals, so this book would be a good conversation starter to advise children about long-term and short-term goals. As people tap on the glass, the puffer fish’s shock can be seen, but it manages to handle the situation well, proving to children that they may get scared, but there are ways to effectively manage their fear. The puffer fish is a confident character, and its positivity will encourage the children who read the story.
Fish Bowl would be a fun book to use in a classroom or library, as children would respond to the vibrant illustrations and colorful fish. The story reads almost like a song, and the repetition could teach young readers about -ug words, like mug and shrug. Young children will enjoy the rhyming structure and bright fish that move, sing, and dance across the pages! Andy Gutman has written a lovely children’s book that will be enjoyed for many years!