The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas

The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas

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"Stanley Potts's uncle Ernie has developed an over-the-top fascination with canning fish in the house, and life at 69 Fish Quay Lane has turned balmy. But there's darkness in the madness, and when Uncle Ernie's obsession takes an unexpectedly cruel turn, Stan has no choice but to leave. As he journeys away from the life he's always known, he mingles with a carnival full of eccentric characters and meets the legendary Pancho Pirelli, the man who swims in a tank full of perilous piranhas. Will Stan be bold enough to dive in the churning waters himself and choose his own destiny?"--Description from, viewed July 31, 2013.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2013
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780763661694
Branch Call Number: J FICTION ALMOND
Characteristics: 230 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Jeffers, Oliver - Illustrator


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ArapahoeStaff1 Aug 09, 2016

Outside-the-box tale of a boy who just wants to do something important with his life. Swimming with flesh-eating fish is just the ticket!

ChristchurchLib Jun 23, 2016

When faced with family problems, you might fantasise about running away to join a carnival, but after his uncle cooks and cans his pet goldfish, orphan Stanley Potts actually goes through with it. Landing a job at the carnival's hook-a-duck stall, Stanley tries to fit in among the eccentric performers...until the day when Pancho Pirelli, the legendary piranha-proof man, changes Stanley's destiny by choosing him as an apprentice. Author David Almond and illustrator Oliver Jeffers are no strangers to the weird, and in The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, they've created a silly yet heartfelt story that's sure to "tickle imaginations" (Publishers Weekly).

Mar 19, 2015

so so touching. but the poor goldfish. but i'm happy the girls mom is coming back> A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

vpl_childrens Aug 15, 2014

When Stanley’s uncle loses his job, he becomes obsessed with supporting his family and turns their home into a fish cannery. It is all too much for Stanley who runs away with a travelling fair when even his beloved goldfish are canned. David Almond peoples his books with eccentric but good-hearted characters who help one another when the chips are down. The unbelievable events are set so solidly in working class Britain that the reader is charmed and intrigued.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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When his ambitious (and slightly unhinged) uncle turns his home into a fish canning factory, Stanley Potts runs away to join a traveling fair and, in the process, discovers his unlikely destiny.

Nov 21, 2013

A wise and witty tale about courage and forgiveness, gently reminding us that a human being is an astonishing thing.


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