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.
An orange fish carrying a flag leads a chain of 10 fish, who follow its every move. "Follow the leader/ to coral caves./ Snap like a crab./ Ride on the waves," writes Smith (Arctic White), as eight additional fish (and a shark) show up. When fish #1 stops for a snack, the other fish follow suit, eating each other one by one. Sherry's (Turtle Island) fish are in the wide-eyed, cartoony school of his previous books, but he gives them a rich aquatic environment to explore, assembled from cut-paper shapes and mottled watercolor backdrops. A happy ending caps this cheeky underwater adventure. Ages 4 7. Author's agent: Ronnie Ann Herman, Herman Agency. Illustrator's agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency.