Raincoast Books – Fish Girl!

I’ve told you about two other books that Raincoast sent my way for my avid reader son to review! They were “Lint Boy” and “Overboard”. My son really enjoyed both of them – and they were two totally different books! I love the variety that is available these days!

Today I’m back to tell you about another graphic novel, this time called “Fish Girl” by Donna Jo Napoli.  Donna isn’t a new writer, in fact she has written more than 80 books for young readers! This is her first graphic novel, however!

This story is about a young mermaid, called Fish Girl, who lives in an aquarium. The man who runs the aquarium is Neptune – the god of the seas! His trident can start the waves rolling, can even cause whirlpools! Remind9 you of another story? However, this Neptune is running an aquarium that visitors can come to in order to see Fish Girl! And Fish Girl is supposed to give the public glimpse of her face or her tail, after all, that’s what keeps the public coming back! Fish Girl is friends with all the other sea animals in the aquarium and while she can share her feelings with her best friend, Octopus, Fish Girl is lonely. When she looks out the window, she longs to be out in the sea where she belongs.

Then one day, she accidentally meets a girl. This girl had come to visit the aquarium and stayed behind in a room when everyone else left – and Fish Girl’s life is changed forever. While she can’t speak, the other girl, Livia, keeps coming back to visit her and to talk to her. However, there are a few things that are said by Neptune and by Livia that start to make Fish Girl question the truth of the aquarium. Why was she there? Where did she come from? Is Neptune lying to her? One day she decides to climb out of the aquarium. She finds Neptune’s trident and she pushes a button – and sees the waves begin to swirl and knows that Neptune was lying about his abilities. Fish Girl leaves the aquarium again and this time her mermaid tail comes off and she realizes she has legs underneath! She tries to walk and manages to go around the aquarium and look at different things – even a photo album showing the grand opening of the aquarium! She realizes her life has been a lie and is determined to change things. When she returns to the aquarium in the night, she discovers that her mermaid tail returns when she is back in the water! Neptune won’t have any idea that she’s been exploring!  Her new friend Livia comes to visit her every day and over the course of time, Fish Girl even finds her voice!

I’ll keep the rest of the story to myself, but suffice it say that Fish Girl finds a way to free all her sea animal friends and to even free herself!

The illustrations in this graphic novel are amazing! David Wiesner is the illustrator and while he’s illustrated many books, this also was his first graphic novel! It’s neat that this book is both the author and the illustrator’s first time doing graphic novels – they sure succeeded!

Thanks again to Raincoast Books for introducing us to another new author! We just might have to go find a few more of Donna’s books! Give Raincoast a like on Facebook to say thanks for all they do!

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  1. Sounds like a good story with a great ending and I love the graphics on the cover.

  2. kathy downey says:

    What a beautiful cover page !

  3. Looks like a lovely book with fantastic illustrations!

  4. sounds like a great read!

  5. I am sure we would enjoy reading Fish Girl. It reminds me of Water babies- a book- we enjoyed.

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    This sounds like an enthralling story that my granddaughter would love to read, thanks for a great review. 🙂

  7. Interesting story, I even want to know the ending if Fish Girl returns back to the sea or become human & stay in the city!

  8. kathy downey says:

    I am sure my granddaughter would enjoy reading Fish Girl.

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