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Title:
Big Al
Author:
Clements, Andrew, 1949-
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [1988]

©1988
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
Summary:
A big, ugly fish has trouble making the friends he longs for because of his appearance--until the day his scary appearance saves them all from a fisherman's net.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
880 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 6254.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 01194 Guided reading level: L.
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ISBN:
9780887080753
Format :
Book

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In an age of such obsession with appearance, this simple tale of a big, gentle fish and the qualities that make friendship real will touch children and encourage them to look again. Yoshi's remarkable batik illustrations capture all the charm and emotion of Big Al's character, and bring this story vibrantly and colorfully to life.


Author Notes

Andrew Clements was born in Camden, New Jersey on May 7, 1949. He received a bachelor's degree in literature from Northwestern University and master's degree in teaching from National Louis University. Before becoming a full-time author, he taught in the public schools north of Chicago for seven years, was a singer-songwriter, and worked in publishing.

He is well known for his picture book texts, but it was his middle school novel, Frindle, that was a breakthrough for his writing career. Frindle won numerous awards including the Georgia Children's Book Award, the Sasquatch Children's Book Award, the Massachusetts Children's Book Award, the Rhode Island Children's Book Award, and the Year 2000 Young Hoosier Book Award. His other works include The Landry News, The Janitor's Boy, No Talking, Things Not Seen, Things Hoped For, and Things That Are.

(Bowker Author Biography)