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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

Written by David Almond

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas Synopsis

Multi-award-winning author David Almond brings us a joyfully life-affirming and fabulously fishy tale about one boy's journey from anguish to joy. Stanley Potts is just an ordinary boy, but when all the jobs in Fish Quay disappear his Uncle Ernie develops an extraordinary fascination with canning fish. Suddenly their home is filled with the sound of clanging machinery and the stench of mackerel, and Uncle Ernie's obsession reaches such heights that he would even can Stan's beloved goldfish! Stan, however, has his own destiny, which leads him - via a hook-a-duck stall - to Pancho Pirelli, the blue-caped madman who swims with piranhas. And as Stan delves into the waters, he finally discovers who he really can be.

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas Press Reviews

Its message hits home: give a child belief in himself and there's no limit to what he can achieve * The Daily Mail * Dahl-esque adventure. I thought I knew David Almond through his book Skellig. But this is more like the best work of Roald Dahl than standard teen fiction . . . Oliver Jeffers' illustrations work as a brilliant accompaniment to this funny book * The Teacher * Fun, magical and enchanting. . . will appeal to readers of Roald Dahl * My Book Corner * Atmospheric, poetic, beautiful * Irish Times * There's no mistaking the hallmark Almond tenderness and the willingness to work with the common things in life, which animate the book from start to finish and make it good * Guardian * Often funny, occasionally poignant, but always subtle and never naive, this is a terrific read. * INIS Magazine * Out of the ordinary comes the extraordinary, and visuals and text merge together to tell a truly magnificent fishy tale. * INIS Magazine * A beautiful story * Reader's Digest * Funny and unusal with wonderful characters * The Bookseller * A homely but equally zany tale * The Telegraph * A life-affirming voyage of self discovery - with a fabulously fishy twist - from master storyteller David Almond. * The Bookseller *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406337464
Publication date: 5th September 2013
Author: David Almond
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages

About David Almond

David Almond is the acclaimed author of many award-winning novels for children such as Skellig, Kit's Wilderness and My Name Is Mina, and has more recently collaborated with artists Polly Dunbar, Dave McKean and Oliver Jeffers on fiction for younger readers. David's books sell all over the world, and in 2011 he was the recipient of the auspicious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in Hexham, Northumberland; for more info visit www.davidalmond.com As a picture book creator Oliver Jeffers has been the recipient of some of children's books highest accolades, including the Nestle Gold Medal for Lost and Found ...

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