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Very pleased that The Little Black Fish was selected as one of a few children’s books of the year in 2015 by The BIG ISSUE. This is what they wrote about it:


The Little Black Fish
The Little Black Fish

The Little Black Fish
Samad Behrangi, illustrated Farshid Mesghali

Tiny Owl books is a relatively new publisher set up by Iranian husband and wife team Karim and Delaram, with a primary aim to bring stories from their homeland to young audiences still learning about the world. This tale of a curious, bold, rebellious little fish keen to explore beyond the pond he’s grown up in, and to meet different kinds of creatures, is easily read as a powerful allegory from a searching soul in an oppressive regime – and it was banned in pre-revolution Iran when it was first published there in 1968. But it also works as a fine tale of derring-do – a poetically worded page-turner for kids – and this edition is beautifully illustrated by Farshid Mesghali.


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The Little Black Fish
An extract from The Little Black Fish


More to read about this book:

  • The Little Black Fish was shortlisted for Marsh Awards. Link
  • A wonderful gallery of this book in the Guardian. Link
  • An introduction by David Almond in the Guardian. Link
  • The Little Black Fish selected among the best children’s books of the year by the Guardian. Link
  • Two days with you at South London Gallery. A blog post. Link
  • There is still room for quality. An interview with Chris McLauren. Link
  • A gift that lasts a life time. A blog post. link
  • 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. An article.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 review by clpe. Link
  • A nice review by: Playing with the book. Link
  • The Little Black Fish and The Clever Mouse are the first set of Tiny Owl Publishing in Waterstones’ selves. 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 Armadilo. Link
  • Kind words about this book by Jackie Morris. Link


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