One Smart Fish by Christopher Wormell

One Smart Fish

Written by Christopher Wormell
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Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. Winner of the Best Picture Book Award, One Smart Fish is both a beautiful foray into the glorious and brilliantly coloured fishy world under the sea and an entertaining and thought-provoking introduction to evolution. Deep under the ocean lives one very smart fish. He is not the most beautiful but he is very clever and very ambitious. Having conquered many things, he longs to be able to walk on the land and so creates an amazing way of doing so… which, so the pictures tell us, was emulated much, much later and led to the world as we know it.


One Smart Fish by Christopher Wormell

Long ago in the deep ocean, there lived smart fish! He wasn't the biggest and he wasn't the boldest, but he was the cleverest. What this smart fish wanted more than anything else was to walk upon the land. But everyone knows that fish can't walk ...can they?

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Wormell's watery watercolour world teams with weird and wonderful fish of all shapes, sizes and colours Books for Keeps Chris Wormell's watery water-colours of dazzling tropical fish, with their rainbow-coloured spots and stripes, will surely captivate enquiring minds, eager to glimpse life under the ocean -- Richard Monte Carousel Gloriously colourful story of a clever fish Daily Mail Is it possible to explain evolution to a four-year-old and make it funny? Chris Wormell has inexplicably managed with One Smart Fish, the story of a fish determine to walk on the land who invents some fish boots -- Rachel Carlyle Sunday Express

About the Author

Christopher Wormell

Christopher Wormell was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, in 1955. On leaving school in 1973 he studied painting with his father while working at numerous temporary of part time jobs.

In 1982, inspired by the work of Thomas Bewick, Reynolds Stone and Charles Tunnicliffe among others, he took up wood engraving. He became a full time illustrator in 1984 and began writing and illustrating his own picture books in 1999.

Recent work includes a stamp design for the Royal Mail millennium set, Neighbourhood Watch images for the Metropolitan Police Force, package designs for Waitrose and a billboard poster campaign for Adnams Beer.

His most recent book is The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit, published in the UK by Jonathan Cape in 2004.

His work has been exhibited at The Victoria and Albert Museum (1998), The Fouts and Fowler Gallery, London (1990) and The Artworks Gallery, London (1994).

Christopher Wormell lives in North London with his wife, Mary and three children: Jack, Daisy and Eliza.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

6th January 2011




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