The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas

The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas

eBook - 2012
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Stan Potts is just an ordinary boy, but when all the jobs in Fish Quay disappear, his uncle develops an extraordinary fascination with canning fish. Suddenly their home is filled with clanging machinery, the stench of mackerel, and an uncle so driven by the business that he would even can Stan's beloved goldfish! But Stan is destined to follow Pancho Perlli, the blue-caped madman who swims with piranhas, and as he delves into the waters, he finally discovers who he really can be.
Publisher: London :, Walker,, 2012.
ISBN: 9781406341218
Characteristics: 1 online resource (256 pages)
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Additional Contributors: Jeffers, Oliver
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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 perfo... Read More »


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AL_KELSEY 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).

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clouddragonfist
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.

quagga 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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Mar 19, 2015

clouddragonfist thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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