Jake and Ava: A Boy and a Fish

Jake and Ava: A Boy and a Fish

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From New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Balcombe comes this charming and affecting tale of young Jake, who on his first fishing trip with his grandfather, makes a crucial discovery when he meets Ava, an archerfish, caught on his line.


"This tender tale will evoke empathy in young readers. And, the art is exquisite."

--Joyce Sidman, winner of the NCTE Award for excellence in Poetry for Children, Winner of the Sibert Medal, author of The Girl who Drew Butterflies and many other titles.




Author: Jonathan Balcombe
Publisher: Gryphon Press
Published: 11/02/2021
Pages: 24
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 9.70h x 9.00w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9780940719460
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 10/01/2021

About the Author

*Jonathan Balcombe is a biologist with a PhD in ethology, the study of animal behavior. His books include Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, The Exultant Ark, and What a Fish Knows, a New York Times best-seller translated into fifteen languages. Super fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World's Most Successful Insects is forthcoming in May 2021 from Penguin Books.

*Rebecca Evans is an illustrator and author living in Maryland. Her illustratuons include: Jeannie Houdini by Mary-Ann Stouck, The Gryphon Press, 2019; Is 2 a Lot: An Adventure With Numbers by Annie Watson, Tilbury House Publishers, 2019; PLANTS FIGHT BACK by Lisa Amstutz, Dawn Publications, 2020; IF ANIMALS BUILT YOUR HOUSE by Bill Wise, Dawn Publications, 2020; ALONE LIKE ME, Anne Schwartz Books, 2022.