"A gem." - Telegraph
"Filled with warmth and humour, this short novel would suit children aged nine and over." - Guardian
"Sweet, funny and heartwarming ... absolutely worth a read." - Glasgow Herald
Clownfish is a moving and stunningly original story of friendship and life after loss, from the award-winning author Alan Durant. Dak's dad has been dead for seven days when suddenly he reappears. He's the same in almost every way, with one startling exception: Dad has turned into a clownfish, and now lives in a tank at their local aquarium.
Dak is delighted by the news - he has Dad back, even if he isn't quite as he was before. Deciding to keep Dad's transformation a secret, Dak visits him at the aquarium as often as he can, and ends up spending so much time there that they offer him a job. This is how he comes to meet Violet, the owner's prickly but kindhearted niece; when the aquarium is threatened with closure, the pair must work together to save it.
For Dak, the stakes couldn't be higher ... after all, if the aquarium shuts down, what will happen to the fish? In parts wry, moving and undoubtedly strange, this beautifully crafted story will stay with you long after the final page.
As featured in the Reading Well Books on Prescription programme, supported by professional health bodies including NHS England and the Royal College of GPs.
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 160 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm
"[...] it is a sign of Durant's supreme confidence as a storyteller that he can make the saddest stories the vehicles for his wildest ideas." * The Daily Telegraph *
"Clownfish is an autumnal gem." * The Telegraph *
"The story rings with humour and longing without ever being maudlin or depressing; it does not dwell on the pain, but shows how to cope with loss. And it demonstrates clearly that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Gentle, funny, genuine and warm, this is a hopeful, memorable book." * Fallen Star Stories *
"Overall this is a sweet, sometimes funny but mainly heartwarming story that is absolutely worth a read." * The Glasgow Herald *
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