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Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever--Or Snack Time?
Contributor(s): Sauer, Tammi (Author), Slack, Michael (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0547852851     ISBN-13: 9780547852850
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2013

Annotation: An unusual friendship between tiny minnow Nugget and toothy shark Fang is tested when Nugget learns in minnow school that he is supposed to be afraid of sharks, prompting Fang's hilarious efforts to win back Nugget's trust. Illustrated by the artist of Edgar Allan Poe's Pie. 15,000 first printing.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Fish
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2012025329
Age Level: 4-7
Grade Level: Preschool-2
Lexile Measure: 480(Not Available)
Series: Nugget and Fang
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 10.6" W x 9.7" (1.00 lbs) 40 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 158157
Reading Level: 2.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Contributor Bio(s): Sauer, Tammi: -

Tammi Sauer, a former teacher and library media specialist, is the full-time author of many popular picture books, including Quiet Wyatt, illustrated by Arthur Howard, and Nugget and Fang and Nugget and Fang Go to School, both illustrated by Michael Slack. Getting kids excited about reading and writing is her passion. Her other passion is tropical tea. Tammi and her family live in Edmond, Oklahoma, with one dog, two geckos, and a tank full of random fish. www.tammisauer.com Twitter: @SauerTammi.

Slack, Michael: -

Michael Slack is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer and Edgar Allan Poe's Pie by J. Patrick Lewis, as well as several picture books that he also wrote. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay area, California. Visit him online at slackart.com, on Twitter @michaelslackart, and on Instagram @michael_slackart.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Besties Nugget (minnow) and Fang (shark) get along swimmingly, until Nugget's school lessons reveal that big, bad sharks eat minnows. Aquatic-hued digital illustrations depict Fang's touching, hilarious attempts (disguising himself as a mermaid, tattooing Nugget's name, serenading him, etc.) to get his pal back. When his toothy mouth saves the day, Fang gains the minnows' trust--and ten more best friends.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 February #2)

In Sauer's bighearted tale, two fine, finned friends discover that conventional wisdom isn't always to be trusted. Nugget the minnow and Fang the shark have palled around forever in the deep ocean. But when it's time for Nugget to go to school, Fang feels left out. Meanwhile, Nugget is shocked by what he learns in school: "Sharks are toothy. Sharks are scary. Sharks and minnows can't be friends," he explains to Fang. Just when things look bleakest, Fang finds a way to win back Nugget's friendship and shatter the scary shark stereotype. Sauer (Princess in Training) creates kindly characters and hits sweetly humorous notes throughout, avoiding a lesson-heavy tone. Packed with visual gags, Slack's (Pass It On) digital artwork features varied blues and zingy dashes of orange, magenta, and neon green that make the friends' undersea home feel like SpongeBob Square-Pants's Bikini Bottom by way of Mary Blair. Fang's comparative enormousness and toothy grin help him steal most of the scenes in this funny friendship tale. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 March)

PreS-Gr 2—Two undersea buddies spend all of their time together, until the tiny fish swims off to school and is taught that sharks and minnows can't be friends because sharks are known to devour smaller species. Shocked, and "apparently delicious," Nugget decides that the two should part ways. Though Fang attempts to win his pal back through several well-intentioned but poorly planned endeavors, including dressing up in a ridiculous mermaid outfit to prove he isn't scary, the small-fry remains resolute. Downcast and lonely, the shark is moping in deep waters when he notices that Nugget and the other minnows have been caught in a fishing net. The ever-faithful Fang comes up with a plan to utilize his "big sharp teeth" to save the day. Drenched in rich blues and vivid coral-reef hues, the exuberant illustrations depict a tiny bright-eyed fish and a likable shark with razor-sharp chompers and goofy charisma. The text's cadence is well-timed for sharing aloud, and both narrative and illustrations zing with humorous touches. An entertaining tale that sends a positive message about the power of friendship and the importance of individuality.—Joy Fleishhacker,School Library Journal

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