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Swallow The Leader

Danna Smith, Kevin Sherry (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.99*
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An expressive group of cheerful fish play follow the leader in their ocean habitat, unaware that a shark lurks in the background. Count the fish from one to ten as each joins the game, then count back down to one when the leader snacks on a sea spider and sets off an unfortunate chain reaction (swallow the leader!). Luckily for everyone, fish number ten—the shark—gulps down his prey too quickly, and burrrrrrrp! they all swim out again. 
     Lively rhymed text and energetic artwork combine in this exuberant counting book that’s sure to delight little ones learning their numbers.

Praise For Swallow The Leader

"Readers will enjoy listening to the story and counting up and down as fish are added and swallowed. As the shark quips, 'Delish!'"  —School Library Journal   "Smith's undersea romp is an enjoyable rhyme that, while introducing different denizens of the briny deep, could easily be adapted to a finger play or body rhyme at storytime... Nothing fishy here: it's a delish addition to storytime collections." —Kirkus    Praise for . . .    I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean    “Bright colors and bold, simple shapes will be surefire eye magnets for preschoolers.” PW, starred   Pirate Nap    "This title inspires creative play . . . a treasure." —SLJ   "With staccato sentences that never waste a syllable . . . [a] lively concept-book creation." —Kirkus   Two at the Zoo     "An engaging read-aloud for storytime and one-on-one sharing." —SLJ   "A wild way to help kids learn their numbers." --Parenting

Clarion Books, 9780544105188, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2016

About the Author

Danna Smith is the author of several picture books. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two grown children. Visit her website at

Kevin Sherry is the creator of many books for children, including I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean and the hilarious chapter books series The Yeti Files. He is also a chef, an avid cyclist, and a performer of puppet shows for kids and adults. Kevin lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit his website at