I love Kara LaReau’s Ugly Fish. It’s the perfect combination of predictable and unexpected.
Ugly Fish is ugly. He’s mean. And he’s not interested in having friends. As new fish keep appearing in his tank, he does what he has to do.
He eats them.
But Ugly Fish gets tired of doing all of his fishy activities alone and regrets eating potential friends. So when Shiny Fish moves into the tank, Ugly Fish is so happy to see him!
Ugly Fish learns his lesson and he and Shiny Fish swim off into nautical friendship bliss!
Just kidding. Shiny Fish eats him.
It’s one of those books that seems harsh, but that kids love and respond to. And they definitely get the message:
“What did we learn?”
“Don’t eat your friends!”
Ugly Fish and Co. were made using more techniques than probably necessary, but I love this story and I wanted to keep my felts true to the story’s art. I used a combo of puffy paint, felt, and acrylics (Storytime Katie’s paperclip method) to do the details. I’m so pleased with how it turned out!