New Children’s Picture Book: I Used to Be a Fish – Tom Sullivan

Along with Words and I Am a Story, this debut is among the very best picture book offerings on our fall list. Simple Seussian illustrations walk small children through evolutionary history while opening kids’ eyes to our world’s past and possibilities.

And it includes a timeline and author’s note at the end for older children or parents who want material for further discussion.

Sullivan makes a strong debut with this clever, matter-of-fact, and much-needed look at humanity’s origins. The narrator is a boy who nonchalantly conflates evolutionary biology with his own backstory. He starts with his beginnings in the sea (hence the title) before moving on to his sprouting appendages and fur….Sullivan’s vignettes have a laid-back earnestness, each one a minimalist, sketchlike cartoon, boldly outlined and employing only three colors—bright red, vivid cerulean, and crisp white. An afterword respectfully delves deeper into the science of it all, but irreverence rules the day, and Sullivan proves that, in this regard, he’s a highly evolved talent.”

Publishers Weekly

I Used to Be a Fish (9780062451989) by Tom Sullivan. $17.99 hardcover. 10/11/16 on sale.

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