I took this book home to read to my kids Tilly (7) and Charlie (4) - they loved it so much they decided the next night I should read it when they were in the bath because they wanted to be in the water too. Great prose and lovely illustrations - a real winner in our house!
by Paul Crew
FANTASTIC book. All the way from the feel of the book to the simply amazing illustrations to the wonderful story of the Brilliant Fish. My children adore it and were instantly hooked. I just wonder when the range of toys will be released so we can play with the Brilliant Fish and the Clumsy Octopus at bath time. Huge congratulations to both the author and the illustrator. Bring on the next book :-)
by Sarah Simpkins
The Year 2 children at Dagnall School were captivated by the rhythm and rhyme in The Brilliant Fish. They thought the white writing of each verse ressembled bubbles and were very keen to match the wonderful pictures with each character mentioned in the book. The poetry was a pleasure to read and the children would like to know if there are any more characters who need help from the Brilliant Fish.
by Headteacher - Rachel Heath
The Brilliant fish and the Clumsy Octopus is a beautifully written account of life under the sea. This tale is about an extremely intelligent fish with a multitude of knowledge and wisdom, which he uses to help a variety of sea creatures. He acts as an unofficial adviser for fish, eels and octopus alike!
This rhyming tale has the ability to engage a child’s imagination and will hopefully encourage and inspire them to try their hand at poetry.
by Kira Waterstones
Julian studied languages at University and has worked for over 20 years in marketing agencies, developing a passion and flair for writing creative copy for a wide range of communications material.
He has always enjoyed playing with words and writing verse as a hobby which is fun both to read and to listen to, and which makes people smile.
Inspired by the Dr Seuss books he read as a child, The Brilliant Fish stories have been written to encourage children to have fun with the English language and to use verse to write creatively.
Julian lives in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire.
Colin studied Illustration at Falmouth School of Art and Design before working as a freelance illustrator for several years, including time as a graphic artist at First Edition Publishers in Wellington, New Zealand, producing illustration and design for a wide variety of published material.
His passion for a creative and simple lifestyle has led him to his current home on a narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal!