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The Little Black Fish
The Little Black Fish

The Little Black Fish

UK only

£12.99 (hardback)


£8.99 (paperback)



The Little Black Fish is a fearless tale of questioning norms and daring to be different.

Little Black Fish may be small, but he has big questions and the determination to find answers. Whilst his fellow fish are too scared to do anything different from their set routine, Little Black Fish swims over the edge of the pool, into the stream and river. He meets wonders and adventures, dangers and beauty. He makes it all the way to the sea, and finds his answers. Even though he doesn’t survive to tell his own story, here it is being told to another generation, and the inspiration of it is passed on.


Download a free poster with beautiful artwork from this book!

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Meet the author and illustrator


Samad Behrangi was an Azeri teacher born in Tabriz. He collected folk tales and wrote tales for children in Azeri Turkish and Persian. He was one of Iran’s most influential authors and teachers. His tragically early death, rumoured to have been ordered by the Iranian government, has given him a legendary status.





Farshid Mesghali is an Iranian animator, graphic designer, illustrator, animator and writer. In 1974, he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his “lasting contribution” as a children’s illustrator.


Read more about The Little Black Fish:
  • A wonderful gallery of this book in the Guardian. Link
  • An introduction by David Almond in the Guardian. Link
  • Read more: The Little Black Fish is added to The International Youth Literature Collection!
  • The Little Black Fish selected among the best children’s books of the year by the Guardian. Link
  • A review by CLPE. Link
  • The Little Black Fish was shortlisted for the Marsh Award. Link
  • Read a review: An essential book for every home, classroom, library and bedroom! – bookishwaytoplay
  • review by The English Association: a powerful and remarkable story
  • Kind words about this book by Jackie Morris. Link
  • Read Mathew Tobin’s five star review of The Little Black Fish!
  • Watch a fantastic puppet performance of The Little Black Fish at Hay Festival
  • The Little Black Fish celebrates 50th Birthday with Puppet Performance in Hay Festival
  • Read a review by Kirkus Reviews: The Little Black Fish celebrates integrity and independence
  • Two days with you at South London Gallery. A blog post. Link
  • Read a review: The little Black Fish celebrates Acceptance and appreciation – Kids Read The World
  • Read a review: Inspirational – Thelittlelibrarythatcould
  • There is still room for quality. An interview with Chris McLauren. Link
  • A gift that lasts a lifetime. A blog post. Link
  • Read a review: The Little Black Fish encourages us to have the courage to think and act differently – World Bound Books
  • Artistic illustrations build an everlasting image to a child. A blog post. Link
  • Summer holiday reads. A blog post. Link
  • The Guardian focuses on the classics that never translated into English. Link
  • Tiny Owl’s highlights in 2015. Link
  • An introduction by Voice of America (in Persian). Link
  • The Little Black Fish comes first in David Cadji’s top ten children’s books in the Guardian. Link
  • A nice review by: Playing by the book. Link
  • The Little Black Fish and The Clever Mouse are the first set of Tiny Owl Publishing on Waterstones’ shelves. Link
  • A review by Found in Translation. Link
  • A report by BBC Persian. Link
  • A review by The Pirate Tree. Link
  • A review by Outside in World. Link
  • An article about this book in Shargh. Link
  • A review by Armadillo. Link
  • The Little Black Fish in paperback. A blog post. Link
  • Books build bridges not walls. Link
  • A World of Books in Translation. Link
  • Champions of fantastic diverse stories. Link
  • Pick up a picture book! Link
  • A message of respect and tolerance for others. A review for IBBY Link
  • Lost without translation. A blogpost
  • blog post: Beloved animal characters in Tiny Owl books
  • blog: An intrepid tale of daring to be different
  • Watch our introductory video about the Little Black Fish
  • review by Montessori St Nicholas
  • Read a blog: Celebrating 50 years of this classic children’s story with a reflection on the messages it shares
  • Read a review by Ellie Labbett: The Little Black Fish is food for thought!
  • Read a review by Massachusetts librarian Kristin Guay: The Little Black Fish shows children acceptance, compassion and bravery
  • Read a review by book blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Little Black Fish dares you be curious!
  • The Little Black Fish is out in the US!


Kirkus Reviews

Teaches the importance of unity in the face of struggle and integrity and independence.

English Association

Offers opportunities throughout to question and think about life.

Ibby Link

The story has been enriched with beautiful and wonderful illustrations by Farshid Mesghali.

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