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The Little Black Fish

By 2017, it will have been 50 years since the publication of The Little Black Fish in Persian. The Little Black Fish is the story of a small fish who dares to be different and explore the world. He has high ambitions and is ready to face many challenges on his way to achieve them. The book was written by Samad Behrangi and illustrated by Farshid Mesghali who won a number of prestigious international awards for it. These awards include:


  • 1968 First Graphic Prize in the Sixth International Children Books’ Fair in Bologna
  • Honorary Diploma, Bratislava Biannual, Czechoslovakia in 1971
  •  Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1974


The legendary author of The Little Black Fish, Samad Behrangi is not alive anymore, but the story lives on.

The Little Black Fish was published in hardback in 2015 by Tiny Owl Publishing and received a very good reception in the UK. David Almond wrote, The Little Black Fish is “a book is about freedom, confinement, human possibility”, and the book was featured with other Iranian books in the Guardian.

In October 2016, The Little Black Fish was shortlisted for the Marsh Children’s Literature Award in Translation.

We are celebrating 50 years of The Little Black Fish being with children and changing lives. First, we are happy to announce the publication of the book in paperback in January. You can order your paperback copy here now.

Watch this space for more exciting offers and news in coming weeks and months.


The Little Black Fish
The Little Black Fish


Buy The Little Black Fish (Paperback) from here

Buy The Little Black Fish (hardback) from here


Also limited exceptional prints of The Little Black fish are available here.\


To visit our bookstore click here.


More to read about this book:

  • 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
  • The Little Black Fish was shortlisted for the Marsh Award. 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 lifetime. 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 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 Armadilo. Link
  • Kind words about this book by Jackie Morris. Link


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