Tuesday, July 24, 2007

BookSprouting Review: The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff by Ben Galbraith

The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff by Ben Galbraith

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Paperback, 32 pages

Published: March 2007

Estimated Price: $9.99 USD

The classic tale, Three Billy Goats Gruff, is given a smart update in this story of three grumpy, greedy, and grouchy fishing brothers who are responsible for capturing all the fish in a bay and polluting its waters. Naturally, the neighboring villagers are angered, as is the giant whale who calls the bay home.

While the ending of Ben Galbraith’s story may be a little dark, his work reminds me of some of Roald Dahl’s best: as in Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, horrible and selfish characters get their come-uppance.The author also manages to weave into the narrative an environmentally friendly message.
Alongside some of the most visually appealing and creative illustrations I’ve seen in a children’s book – the artwork is a blended collage of paintings and sketches layered with scanned images - tiny fish implore the reader in speech bubbles to recycle and think of the environment.

More of Galbraith's fantastic artwork can be found at his website

4 out of 5 sprouts

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