The Story of Fish and Snail

The Story of Fish and Snail

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780670784899
  • 40 Pages
  • Viking Books for Young Readers
  • 3-5 years


Every day, Snail waits for Fish to come home with a new story.

Today, Fish’s story (about pirates!) is too grand to simply be told: Fish wants to show Snail. But that would mean leaving the familiar world of their book—a scary prospect for Snail, who would rather stay safely at home and pretend to be kittens. Fish scoffs that cats are boring; Snail snaps back. Is this book too small for the two feuding friends? Could this be THE END of The Story of Fish and Snail?

Deborah Freedman, author of Blue Chicken, has created a sweet and playful story about friendship that truly jumps off the page.


Praise for Deborah’s first book, BLUE CHICKEN:

“Breathtakingly beautiful meta-illustrations will draw many eyes to this tale of a curious chicken who spills some paint… Delicate and durable, visually sophisticated yet friendly: simply exquisite.” —Kirkusstarred review

“Full of surprise and emotion… The book has much to pore over on every page, and children will want to experience the action over and over again.” —School Library Journalstarred review

“The spare, poetic text allows the images to shine… this delightful treat emphasizes the joy of breaking free of conventional boundaries and turning accidents into art.” —Bookliststarred review

“While the artist is away, the chickens will indeed play, and Deborah Freedman has captured their antics in this book overflowing with joyful fun.” —BookPage

“… all will appreciate the sheer joy of a book that celebrates color and innocent mischief.” —Horn Book Magazine


“The theme of books as doorways into rich new adventures couldn’t be more vividly conveyed, and the resolution of the conflict between two sweet friends provides encouragement for other ‘snails’ to try new things.” —Publishers Weekly
“…[a] sweet little story…” —School Library Journal

“Freedman’s paintings, brimming with raucous, three-dimensional splashes of color, bring to mind David Wiesner’s Art & Max.” —New York Times Book Review
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