Saturday, September 26, 2015

Book Review: Big Fish by Ahmad Amani

Big Fish
By Ahmad Amani
Publisher: Namo
Published: Apr. 9, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

Big Fish had a big friend. They could speak and laugh together. In the sky, Big Fish could see anything on the earth, and it saw that its ocean was only a part of the earth, not all of the world.

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My Thoughts:

Big Fish starts out as a story about a fish wanting to fit in but he is too big to fit in with the small fish, so he tries to be a bad fish, then a good fish, but he is not accepted by either. After that the story more like a folktale about how Big Fish became friends with the moon and how the rain comes when Big Fish cries.

I liked the pictures that went with the story. They were all line drawings and were very simple. The story was simple and the simple drawings went well together with them.

The story seemed like it was about one thing at the beginning and changed theme in the middle. I can see the connection in that Big Fish made friends with the moon but the whole feel of the book changed from the beginning which was simply a story to a folktale was a bit jarring. As a folktale it was an interesting concept. As a story about fitting in I thought he should have been accepted by the little fish or there should have been some big fish to find who did good things.

Because of the jarring quality between the first half of the book and the second half, I gave this book a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

Thank you to Ahmad Amani for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Ahmad lives in the Middle East. He is a graduate of the Art University in Tehran. He has worked for many newspapers in Iran and Iraq as a journalist.

His books are stories about people, society, and culture.
The books were written in a new concept and fantasy form.

He hopes that his books make you think, while you enjoy it.

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