Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Tadgh Bently
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Samson is an unusual piranha. He likes to go on adventures, try new things, and wants to eat delicious food at a fancy restaurant. But none of the other piranhas are even remotely interested; they are content to stay home and chomp the same boring meal each day. Samson decides to venture out on his own. On his first two attempts getting a table at a nice restaurant, Samson’s big teeth and frightening look scare away everyone. On his third try, after the waiter and customers have fled again, Samson sees a few fish still at a table in the back. He realizes they are all fearsome fish and they, like him, just want to enjoy a tasty meal. Together, Samson and his new friends open their own delicious restaurant where all are welcome.
This cute story is about wanting to be accepted and chase a dream. With descriptive text and charming illustrations, the characters and story come to life. (The sea creatures even look quite dapper in their hats and mustaches!) The color pallet is muted blues and greens with fun pops of a deep red. The book shows Samson trying again and again to achieve his dream of eating at a fancy restaurant. Even after he fails, Samson simply tries a different solution. This plot line is excellent to teach children about not giving up and trying different approaches to achieve our dreams. Readers will root for Samson on his quest and will cheer for his creative solution.