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Jangles: A Big Fish Story

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  855 Ratings  ·  175 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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by The Blue Sky Press
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Mon Maryum
Dec 21, 2016 Mon Maryum rated it it was ok
A father tells his son about the tale when he caught Jangles, who was given that name because he escaped many near-catches at the hands of fisherman and all the hooks that were attacked to its lips (shivers) would make a jangling noise. Long story short, the father chooses to (view spoiler). The ending doesn't make sense about how telling his son this story proves anything about Jangles. *sh ...more
Apr 25, 2013 Kylie rated it liked it
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)
Jul 04, 2012 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, 2012
Jangles is definitely a "big fish" story or a tall tale. Shannon scores with both text and illustrations.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Dec 19, 2012 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, picturebook
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
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
Nov 07, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 05, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, nyra, 2012
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.
Feb 24, 2017 Alora rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
Jangles a BIG fish story
David Shannon

I caught myself flying through the pages of this story! I loved the story line because I remember going fishing with my father all the time as a kid. Any young child that has ever gone fishing will be able to relate to this story in some way. I enjoyed the way in which the story was written. If there were no illustrations I could have used my imagination to picture what Shannon was depicting in his text.

The way in which Shannon writes is so captivating and
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
Megan Cureton
Jangles: A Big Fish Story is a book about a story that a father once told a son when he was a kid. Jangles was the biggest fish anyone had ever seen, but no one had ever caught him. One time when his father was fishing, he heard something on the end of the line and he knew it was Jangles. Jangles took him back to his home and showed him around told him stories and then took him back to his boat. When they got back the boat, his father had tricked Jangles and got him in his boat too. Jangles told ...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
Oct 05, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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
ACS Book-finder
Nov 08, 2012 ACS Book-finder rated it it was amazing
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)

The illustrations in Jangles
Kaitlyn Craig
Feb 13, 2017 Kaitlyn Craig rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
This book turned something that most children would be scared by into something good and meaningful. Children are normally scared of big fish and either enjoy or hate fishing. I like how this story was about a fish that helped others and acted like a pet or friend.
Feb 18, 2013 David rated it really liked it
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
Feb 09, 2013 Lara rated it liked it
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
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
Jul 09, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing
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
Alexis Kydon
Dec 04, 2014 Alexis Kydon rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Jangles is a very cute story. It's how a young boy learns something from a fish. As unrealistic as it sounds, it is pretty interesting. The thing about Shannon's books that are apart from the David series, is that you can relate to a lot of them. For example, one can probably relate to someone telling them a story when they were little. The only thing that I liked more than the story itself was the illustrations. The underwater life and illustrations of the fish are so beautiful. They're so deta ...more
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Kelly Wiegand
April 7, 2015
EDL54500 Library Materials for Children and Youth

Title: Jangles: A Big Fish Story

Author: David Shannon

Plot: A boy's father tells him the legend of Jangles, the biggest fish in the lake, and how their paths crossed one night while he was fishing.

Setting: The Lake; Jangles' Cave

Characters: The boy; Jangles

Point-of-View: First-Person (Father telling son legend of Jangles)

Themes: Honesty; Friendship; Right and Wrong

Style: There is no specific style to the wording or phras
Chelsea Keopraseurt
Jangles is about a young boy that befriends a legendary fish named Jangles--the biggest fish anyone has ever seen. When the boy is fishing, he meets Jangles, who shakes and jangles on the line. The boy notices that Jangles' jaw is covered in holes from where other fishermen had hooked and failed to catch him. Jangles ends up taking the boy on an adventure to the bottom of the lake, and the boy learns the importance of Jangles' history to the lake. I really enjoyed the storyline, as well as the o ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
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
Hannah Fry
Nov 12, 2016 Hannah Fry rated it liked it
In "Jangles," David Shannon puts a fun fantasy twist on a story about fishing. This book tells the story of a boy who befriends a legendary fish named Jangles and then tries to catch him. He then realizes that Jangles is an important part of the history of the lake and that catching him is not worth taking that away from everyone else. The young boy in this story has to make the very important choice of choosing between what he wants to do, and what he knows he should do. This story is relatable ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2013
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.
Oct 07, 2013 Kristine rated it really liked it
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
Sep 28, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Matthew West
Dec 06, 2014 Matthew West rated it it was amazing
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The Styling Librarian
Jangles – a BIG fish story by David Shannon – I felt like I was sitting around a camp fire while reading this book. David Shannon had me in a trance picturing a wild huge fish that had the talent of evading all people trying to fish throughout the years… until one person has some luck, amazing luck and a wondrous experience….

I loved seeing how David Shannon creates these beautiful watery illustrations, an unforgettable fish, and a beautiful tall tale. Really have missed books by him for a while.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
A fish story? Have you heard a fish story before? Every time you hear a fish story that become bigger and larger than life. That's the fun of a fish story. They're today's tall tales.

Shannon captures and shares a delightful tale of Jangles, a fish you can hear while you fish. A father is telling his son the tale of his experience with Jangles. It's over the top exciting and hilarious. If you know someone who enjoys a fish story or a tall tale, this would be a fantastic book for their collection.
Julie Barrett
May 20, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
Jangles, a big fish story by David Shannon
Children's audio book about a boy who is trying to catch the ever illusive fish. He has so many hooks hanging from his mouth and has never been caught.
One story states the fish saved a baby that had fallen from a canoe. The fish brings him to his cave in the water, very far down.
When they go back to the surface the boy wraps the line around the fish because nobody would believe he had caught the giant fish.
The right thing should be done...
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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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