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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 that this shark is no foe. Fantastically stylized artwork adds even more humor to this undersea story of unlikely friendship.
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.
"It's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero."
"Sauer creates kindly characters and hits sweetly humorous notes throughout, avoiding a lesson-heavy tone. . . . [a] funny friendship tale."
"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."
—School Library Journal
"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."
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Slack's bright blue scenes are full of action, reaction, and witty details."