Jangles: A Big Fish Story
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Jangles: A Big Fish Story

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  557 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Bestselling storyteller David Shannon instantly hooks readers with this stunning, highly entertaining tour-de-force--his best book ever!

Breathtaking oil paintings bursting with energy pull
readers along into Big Lake, the home of Jangles, the
biggest fish anyone has seen. Fishing alone at dusk,
a boy feels a tug on his line and comes face-to-face
with the gigantic trout--whose...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by The Blue Sky Press
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Kylie
This book reminded me of the movie Big Fish right from page one. It tells a cute story of a boy who learns a life lesson from a giant uncatchable fish. Jangles has beautiful pictures that really bring the story to life, and frankly, the story would probably fall flat without them. Overall, this is a cute book I would recommend to a young male reader.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Jangles is definitely a "big fish" story or a tall tale. Shannon scores with both text and illustrations.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
The three stars for this one is mainly on behalf of the illustrations. Or rather it would have gotten four stars had I actually liked the text. Yes, I love the pictures. I loved hearing David Shannon talk about creating the book, particularly the pictures. I love the partially abstract unfinished face in the crowd and the balance provided by the random blob of red in the corner and the mustard and oh-so-dark-and-deep blues with red highlights (the color palette is really one of the best pasts of...more
Barbara
The origins of the metal lures and fishhooks in the tackle box carried by the narrator's father are revealed in this tall tale about Jangles, a trout that everyone tries to catch. I love the description of him as "so big, he ate eagles from the trees that hung out over the lake and full-grown beavers that strayed too far from home" (unpaged). When Jangles allows himself to get caught, he takes the boy whose lure he swallowed deep beneath the waters to his cave where he tells secrets about the Ea...more
Jim
David Shannon is WILDLY POPULAR in elementary school libraries. The kids love the “David” books and the David Shannon books are among the favorites at check-out time. This book about “the one that got away” will certainly have its place in that faves list. Jangles is a sassy fish so famous that he has been talked about for generations. Kids will immediately identify it as a David Shannon book not only because of the boy’s round head, but the expressions on Jangle’s face. The illustrations were m...more
Heather Langendorff
Jangles is a book about a dad telling his son a tall tale. He tells his son about an old fishing tale, where there was an enormous fish in a lake nearby. According to the dad one day he was fishing as a little boy and caught something. It was an old fishing rod, which he began to reel in as well. On the end of the hook was Jangles, the ginormous fish! He pulled the boy under water and showed him where he lived. He could also talk and told the young boy all of the fish secrets. In reality we know...more
Araceli Aispuro
There is something special about Jangles, he's not just a fish, he's a talking fish. He was the biggest fish anybody had ever seen. Tournaments were hold in trying to capture Jangles. At many failed attempts, Jangles had many old fishing lines stuck to his jaw which is why they call him "Jangles". A boy went out into the big lake one day and drifted off further and further out into the middle of the lake. He continued fishing when suddenly he felt a jerk on his line. He got pulled down deep into...more
Michaela George
Jangles is a book about a dad telling his son a tall tale. He tells his son about an old fishing tale, where there was an enormous fish in a lake nearby. Everyone had heard stories about how this fish could not be caught, and was bigger than any fish they had ever seen. There was even a story that this fish saved a baby that had fallen into the lake. According to the dad one day he was fishing as a little boy and caught something. It was an old fishing rod, which he began to reel in as well. On...more
Jennifer
Shannon tells the classic "giant-fish-that-got-away" story with his wonderfully unique twist, and the ending (which I won't spoil), made me smile. The illustrations are interesting and bold, as is to be expected. I highly recommend this book for promoting creative writing and lessons in integrity.
Monica
I loved this story because my grandpa loved to take me fishing and he too had a big, beat up green tackle box full of lures. It now belongs to my son. My grandpa was full of fish stories too.
David
Jangles: A Big Fish Story by David Shannon is an original story about a boy who catches the biggest, most elusive fish anyone has ever seen, and who learns about doing the right thing.

Shannon's luminous oil paintings use color, composition, varied perspectives, and detail to lure readers into this fishing adventure. Some pages are very glossy and many feature double page spreads. My favorite images are Jangles, baby, dynamite, pulled under, cave, stories, gotcha, and final picture.

Shannon's ent...more
ACS Book-finder
Review: Jangles a BIG fish story by Davis Shannon is a delightful tale of the fish that got away. The story is smooth to read and would make a great read-a-loud story for children to anticipate what will happen at the end. I enjoyed the illustrations that make you feel like you are part of the story. Every town has a story that has been passed down for generations and this book is a wonderful depiction of a father passing down a tale to his children. (rev. C.Delorge)

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Elizabeth
Written in first person format, this book writes about the father telling stories to his son, the writer. One of his favorite stories was the one about Jangles. His father always brought out his green tackle box and shook it to make it jangle like the fishes name for this one. Jangles whole mouth was covered with fishing lures and hooks. They say he even ate eagles from the trees. It's said that Jangles even saved a baby by bringing it safely to shore. The people of the town held tournaments to...more
Lara
Feb 09, 2013 Lara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lara by: Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee 2013
David Shannon's best book ever? I beg to disagree. What I've enjoyed about Shannon's past books is the humor--they're generally really funny, and whimsical, and work just as well for adults as they do for kids. But I felt like this one just didn't have that. At all. The art is fairly nice (I especially like the cover), but the story...just really didn't work for me. It starts out well and good, and then sort of turns into something completely different, and then...ends. I guess I was just expect...more
Erin Ingold
Shannon teaches a wonderful lesson about life in this story. The pictures are incredible and engage the students into the story. I enjoy the oil paints he uses throughout all his picture books. This particular book is more realistic with its pictures. Teachers can incorporate interactive response activities with this book to develop a sense of diversity! This book would be a great one to incorporate into a reading or writing lesson.
Deborah
This a story for all children who have fished or would love to go fishing with their parent or grandparent. Shannon has taken the "Oh,-caught-a-fish-THIS-big" story and turned it into an exaggerated fish story.

The ending is predictable before the reader sees the last page but it would be ideal to ask a young group what they think will happen.

The watercolor illustrations are typical Shannon.

Laura
I was excited to read this book. David Shannon is huge in elementary libraries. The kids love the David books, and I know I can always get a reluctant new reader to check them out.

Now, I must preface this by saying this book is on the 2013-2014 Bluebonnet List, which is a list for Texas students in grades 3-6, where they read the books and vote across the state for a winner. So, I was reading this book while keeping my students in those grades in mind. I like the idea of a mystery fish that no...more
Calinda
This book is very entertaining. The way it is written is descriptive and lyrical and has enough action to hold the attention of its intended audience. (Elementary-age children.) The pictures accent the story nicely. This book, though a new story, reads like a folk story. Definitely a "big fish" story.
Amy Jurewicz
My friend Dana told me to read this to my grandsons; I did, and they were mesmerized. The vivid illustrations combine with the storyline to create a truly magical fish story!
Dolly
Jan 02, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2013, childrens
We really enjoy reading David Shannon's books, so when I saw this fishing-themed tale at our local library, I just had to borrow it. The story is entertaining and the illustrations are terrific, although I must admit that toward the end the story takes a strange and surreal turn. I almost thought we'd strayed into a David Wiesner story...

Overall, this is an entertaining tale with a fun ending. Even though we are not big fans of fishing, we enjoyed reading this book together.
Adam White
It's good because so many others tried to catch something forever and then this boy finally trickedand caught it. It's a fish story.
Jeremiah Lee
Pure "fish story" here. Great illustrations/paintings, but the story wasn't anything fantastic. Would work better in fishing families.
Amy
Great "fish" story by the author of the "David" books.

This book requires a reader with great voices to make the story come alive. A favorite with my third grade classes. Suitable for grades 3-6 and up.
Cindy
Jangles is a fish tale that goes beyond just a legend. This old trout is so famous that he is talked about for generations. He is always the target and goal for every fisherman in town. Men have gone to great lengths to catch this legendary fish. The surprise of the story is when the main character gets caught instead of Jangles. He finds that the story of Jangles is more amazing than he ever could have imagined. He also learns a very valuable lesson- sometimes the story is the most important th...more
Tim Vandenberg
Gorgeous art
Great tale
Surprise ending
Every fan of David Shannon should read this!

Pleasantly recommended.
Ron
This is a very short book that is an easy read for an early elementary kid. The drawings are also quite good.
Kristine
Read this 2013-14 Texas Bluebonnet book with my 4th grader. He's a fisherman and couldn't wait to have me read the big fish tale aloud to him. The story was great, a good fish story with a little fantasy stuck in for fun. Coincidentally, we just caught a fish in the Gulf this past summer that already had a lure in the side of its mouth, so my son was able to make connections with the story. Not until the end did I realize that this book is by David Shannon, author of the "David" books which have...more
Shahriary's Class
This book was awesome because it's a legend about a giant fish named Jangles who could talk.
Christina
I read this to a class of third graders. As the title suggests, a great "fish story" is about to be told. Sugggestive of a tall tale, the story about the infamous fish "Jangles" gets bigger and bigger with the re-telling. And the ending is wonderful. A great story for all kids but especially boys. After reading this, many boys were telling me how lures worked etc. But the best part - having kids tell me about the fish in their ponds - which are naturally as big as they were. I guess one "fish st...more
Andrea
This Picture book is one of the few that deals with fishing/fisherman. Many parents ask for a book for their youger children about fishing. This would be the first one I would recommend. However, like many picture books this is not for the "traditional" picture book set. Toddlers would not understand and might even be a bit frightened by it. 4-8 year olds would love it. David Shannon again gives delightful illustrations. However, like the book, the illustrations are more mature and not as simpli...more
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David Shannon is the author and illustrator of many highly praised books for children. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a fine arts degree, and then moved to New York City. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone, and his artwork has appeared...more
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