In the deep ocean, tiny Nugget and big, toothy Fang get along swimmingly—until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate (and hilarious) measures. But it’s not until his big sharp teeth save the entire school that minnows learn this shark is no foe. Fantastically stylized artwork adds even more humor to this undersea story of unlikely friendship.
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.