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click to enlarge Will a Clownfish Make You Giggle? Answers to Some Very Fishy Questions
By Kay Dokken
illustrated by Vicki Marcellan-Allen
32 pages, 8x9 inches, Hardcover, Color illustrations, Glossary
Price: $14.95
Children (3-7 years old) will delight in this beginner's book on marine life. Clownfish, pistol shrimp, queen angelfish-playing on the images these names evoke, the author tells where twelve animals live and how they got their names. One side of each color spread depicts the animal in a whimsical fashion as it might look in a child's mind, while the facing page shows how the animal actually looks in its appropriate habitat. This book is a great way to introduce future divers to the underwater world. A fun way to learn!

Some of the Topics Covered

  • Will a clownfish make you giggle?
  • Does a queen angelfish wear a crown?
  • Can a parrotfish fly?
  • How sweet is a jellyfish?
  • Will a lemon shark make you pucker?
  • Can a fiddler crab play a tune?
  • Does a blue-ringed octopus wear rings?
  • How many riddles does the ridley turtle know?
  • Can a pistol shrimp shoot?
  • Does a squirrelfish eat nuts?
  • Does a porcupinefish have quills?
  • Can a sea horse run a race?
About the Author

Kay Dokken discovered the fascinating world of the ocean after moving to Corpus Christi, Texas from the dry plains of west Texas in the early 1970's. Inspired by her marine-biologist husband and her own love of the underwater world, Kay's book evolved from teaching her young son about the marine environment.

About the Illustrator

Vicki Marcellan-Allen is an Addy Award-winning artist who works as a designer and illustrator.


"...imaginative and colorful illustration....unusual blend of fanciful fiction and straight science."

-Corpus Christi Caller-Times

"Excellent teaching tool with fascinating information."

-Visibility, U/W Society of America

"...colorful monikers...serve as bait in this underwater primer."

-Publishers Weekly

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