The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

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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.
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Product details

  • 8+
  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 137 x 204 x 26mm | 378g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1406320765
  • 9781406320763
  • 83,978

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A life-affirming voyage of self discovery - with a fabulously fishy twist - from master storyteller David Almond. * The Bookseller * Readers will be captivated by the old-world charm of the freaky fairground community and the nature of our cape-clad hero. Almond's direct narration keeps the magic of storytelling strongly in the fairground. A class act -- We Love This Book * We Love this Book * This book will make hearts sing -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday 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, this is a terrific read, perfectly complemented by Oliver Jeffers's deadpan style of illustration * CBI recommended reads of 2012 * One of the Top 50 Winter Reads * Radar (Supplement to The Independent) * Great fun! * The Good Books Guide * Its message hits home: give a child belief in himself and there's no limit to what he can achieve * The Daily Mail * 5 stars- a delight from gills to tail...this fairy tale with fins completely engages from cast-off * Books for Keeps * Get ready for a slippery twist that'll have the young tiddlers flapping with excitement * Fluxlings * It's heart-warming, thought provoking, very silly in places and, as you'd expect from David Almond, beautifully written too. -- Phillip Ardagh * Big Issue *
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About David Almond

David Almond is the highly acclaimed author of Skellig, The Savage, Clay, My Name Is Mina, My Dad's a Birdman, Slog's Dad and many other novels, stories and plays. His books are translated into almost forty languages and are widely adapted for stage and screen. His numerous awards include the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Children's Book Awards and Le Prix Sorcieres, and in 2010 he gained the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international prize for children's authors. David lives with his family in Hexham, Northumberland; you can find out more about him at

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 and the Irish Picture Book of the Year for The Incredible Book Eating Boy. Other award-winning titles include The Way Back Home, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal. An animated film of Oliver's book Lost and Found won a BAFTA for Best Animation in 2009. Oliver was born in Belfast but now lives in New York City. This is his first book for Walker.
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1,277 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 30% (380)
4 37% (476)
3 25% (320)
2 7% (84)
1 1% (17)
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