Sauer, Tami. Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever-Or Snack Time? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
This story is about a friendship between Nugget (minnow) and Fang (shark) who are best friends that live in the ocean. Nugget and Fang do everything together until Nugget has to start school with the other little minnows. While in school the other minnows find out that Nugget's best friend is a shark. So they inform him that sharks eat minnows and Nugget believes them and ends his friendship with Fang.
The author's writing style is very light-hearted, funny, and she uses repetition to draw in the mind and heart of her young readers. Her goal is to get these young readers to recognize the moral that one shouldn't judge anything or anyone just on the outside, rather to know about it or them on the inside.
The illustrations for this book were done by a man who clearly wants the reader to smile and enjoy this comedic, moral-based story. His illustrations directly reflect the happy, carefree mood of young readers to that of the innocent characters in this story.
This book instantly grabbed my attention and made me smile after seeing the first illustrations. As an older reader, the author's story drew me in emotionally in the hope that Nugget and Fang's relationship would continue. A few of the words the author used-like approach, sincerely, and tattoo-were a bit above the Kindergarten reading level. Therefore, I felt that the first or second grader's comprehension level would be best for its youngest readers. I would recommend this book for ages 6 to 10.
Ty Comer, BGSU student