Big Al and Shrimpy (Hardcover)

By Andrew Clements, Yoshi Kogo (Illustrator)

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9780689842474, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2002



In the wide blue sea
there was a very clever
fish named Shrimpy.
You could not find
a smarter fish.
But Shrimpy
was also
Poor Shrimpy He wants to be like Big Al, loved and adored by all the other fish. But who would want to be friends with such a teeny, tiny fish? Big Al, that's who He's big and scary-looking, and he remembers what it was like to be friendless. Still, all the other fish think Shrimpy's just a nuisance. Then one day, when Big Al's life is in danger, Shrimpy is the only one brave enough and smart enough to save the day. Suddenly, everyone can see that friends come in all shapes and sizes and Shrimpy turns out to be the best friend any fish could want.

Praise For Big Al and Shrimpy

School Library Journal

There is magnificence to Yoshi's work that matches Clements' international story of friendship.