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Can a shark really fit in at Mini Minnows Elementary, or will he be a fish out of water? The popular undersea pals Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, are back in this first-day-of-school story that's full of heart and humor.
When Fang the shark is invited by his friends to attend Mini Minnows Elementary, he thinks it's a great idea! But then his first day of school arrives . . . and suddenly, he's not so sure. He's not very good at reading or math. He doesn't exactly fit in with his classmates. And the teacher looks crabby! Can Fang's best friend, Nugget, and the other minnows turn things around and prove to him that school really is fang-tastic?
This reassuring first-day-of-school and friendship story is full of heart and humor, showing that everyone feels like a fish out of water sometimes, and that it's important to be a good friend.
About the Author
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.
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.
"Sauer and Slack keep up the laughs, and the reassurance."—The New York Times Book Review
"[B]right and colorful. Slack deftly portrays Fang's every emotion....Readers will no doubt feel empathetic."—Kirkus
Praise for Nugget and Fang
"Incorporate this into fish- or shark-themed storytimes or share with "Finding Nemo" fans—either way, kids are likely to snap it up hook, line, and sinker."—BCCB
"It's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero."—Kirkus
"Sauer creates kindly characters and hits sweetly humorous notes throughout. . . . [a] funny friendship tale."—PW
"Sends a positive message about the power of friendship and the importance of individuality."—School Library Journal