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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (323 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Clements Narrator: Kevin Free Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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In all the wide blue sea, there's not a nicer fish than Big Al - or one more lonely. He wants nothing more than to make as many friends as he can, but when the other fish look at Big Al, all they see is how scary he looks and how sharp his teeth are. Then one day, a net drops down from above and catches many little fish. It's up to Big Al to come to the rescue! This frisky tale from the best-selling author of the Jake Drake books is sure to help young readers understand that it's what is inside that counts. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 2/8/2014

    " This was a really cute book. I used this book to teach descriptive writing to my students and they loved it. We first read half of the book without looking at any pictures. We then discussed all of the different descriptive words the writer used to describe Big Al and the students went and drew Big Al. WE finished the book and compared their fishes with the illustrator's rendition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 2/4/2014

    " Gentle picture book about friendship--I love Al's expressions in the illustrations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denesha Allen | 2/2/2014

    " The moral of the story is never judge by appearance. Big Al was one of the most ugliest sea creatures, but he was really friendly. No one wanted to play or talk with him because they were afraid of him. This made Big Al lonely and sad. Eventually, Big Al becomes liked when he saves the other fish from being taken away by fisherman. Nice story to read aloud and teach a lesson on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Culler | 1/31/2014

    " This is a great child's book about a big ugly fish named Al (Me) and a bunch of tiny pretty bitchy uppity fish (The School) one day the little snoddy fish get caught in a net and Big Al's heart is so pure that he won't leave them to die. He uses his snaggle-tooth and massive size to slice open the net and set them all free. They all realize that he is Fabulous and they can't live without him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/30/2014

    " A very nice story about a big, scary, ugly puffer fish that wants to have a friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suz | 1/30/2014

    " Big Al's story is nearly an opposite to Rainbow Fish. Al can't get a friend because he is so big and scary looking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L | 1/18/2014

    " One of my favorite read alouds - Big Al tries so hard to make friends with the little fish! The art work is wonderful too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rocheal Hoffman | 1/18/2014

    " Big Al tries to be like everyone else, which fails him in his quest to make friends. He finally is able to help his friends out and they all love him. Okay for teaching kids how important it is to help friends and make good choices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/15/2014

    " My students love this book. We read it many times last year and one student asked me, where are all the other Als? They really enjoy the story of a search for friendship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer B | 1/5/2014

    " This is our current bedtime favorite. Al is endearing and the illustrations are really gorgeous. The story is very sweet without being too sappy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 12/18/2013

    " This story is a excellent example of teaching children about not being prejudiced about others because of their appearance or their difference. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lesley | 12/5/2013

    " The illustrations were nice and colorful, but the story was a bit predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Dimmitt | 11/22/2013

    " I love reading this book to kids. It give that age old lesson that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. They story is about a fish named Big Al who doesn't have any friends because he isn't the prettiest fish in the sea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd Freer | 11/3/2013

    " Great picture book. Talks about how heart is more important than looks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 7/18/2013

    " Big Al is a huge and ugly fish that is extremely nice. But, he is very lonely because the other fish are too scared of him. He tries all he can to win their friendship...will it be enough? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 6/6/2013

    " I read this to a Ms. Flynn's 1st grade class when I was subbing the other day. It is a great story about friends and the pictures are wonderful. I will probably end up buying this book to add to our collection. AWESOME! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian Reed | 5/18/2013

    " Appearances can be deceiving especially in the case of big al. He is a big scary fish who just wants some friends. He finally gets his wish when he saves the day by cutting the net that has all his future fish buddies in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/9/2013

    " Great book to include on acceptance and friendliness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Isho | 11/12/2012

    " I absolutely love this book. It teaches children that we are all different and it's okay. I used it on the first week of teaching. I read it to my first graders to teach them that we are all unique and special in our own way "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 8/18/2012

    " This cute story about friendship and not judging by appearances is a winner. It makes a perfect companion to Leo Leonni's Swimmy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 5/12/2012

    " A really cute acceptance story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/28/2012

    " Wonderful story about friendship and not judging anyone by how they look. Great character development story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Jackson | 11/17/2011

    " This book discusses Big Al and his need to fit in with the crowd. None of the other fish want to play with him because he is scary but he ends up saving them from the net. He gets stuck but is thrown back into the sea and gains friends. I would use this book to discuss friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trista | 5/28/2011

    " A great picture book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 3/12/2011

    " My kids love this book. It has beautiful pictures, the story is just not my most favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl/Aradanryl | 1/10/2011

    " cute little story of a little fish that helps a big fish "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Agnes | 4/28/2010

    " Very predictable storyline, big fish and little fish as main characters, illustrations done in dark tones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 3/26/2010

    " A cute enough fable, but I'm sure it's been done better elsewhere. In my opinion, read this from the library but don't buy it. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Clements

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously successful children’s novel Frindle. He has won two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award, and more than ten million of his books are in print. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, and others. Clements is a graduate of Northwestern and National Louis universities, and he currently lives in central Massachusetts with his wife.