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What makes a fish a fish? Trout thinks he knows the answer. ''That's easy! Fish have fins, gills, scales, are shaped like me, and live underwater.'' ''Not so fast,'' answers Mudskipper. ''What about a clingfish? They don't have any scales. Or a hagfish? They don't have any fins. Or what about me? I live in and out of the water!''
As Trout and Mudskipper explore below and above the world's waters, they are introduced to a multitude of fish in various shapes, colors, and sizes, forcing Trout to rethink his notion of what a fish is. Maybe there is a vast watery world of unimagined possibilities (like a walking fish, or a fish with a transparent head!). And maybe, just maybe, there's not just one way to be a fish but many, many ways!
Author/illustrator David Opie holds a BFA and MFA in illustration and lives with his wife in Connecticut.
BOOKLIST, STARRED REVIEW
''Informative and eye-catching picture book.''
KIRKUS, STARRED REVIEW
''A broad and engaging introduction to the largest vertebrate group.''