Poor Big Al! He just wants to make friends. And in the whole wide blue sea you can't find a nicer fish. But because Big Al is large and scary-looking, the little fish are afraid to get to know him.
What can he do? He tries everything he can think of -- from disguising himself with seaweed to burrowing under the ocean floor so he'll look smaller. But something always goes w...more
Story about friendship & not liking people based on looks...although Big Al has to save everyone's lives before they like him and his big/non-cute ness, so maybe it's more about the realities of life.
Pairs well with Swimmy or Big Al and Shrimpy
Big Al's gentle, funny story reminds us that acti...more
Main Characters: Big Al
Setting: The Sea
POV: Third Person Narrator
Summary: “Big Al,” written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Yoshi, is a story about friendship and acceptance. Big Al is the friendliest and nicest fish in the entire ocean and really wants to make friends. However, Big Al has a very hard time getting other fish to be his friend because of his large size and scary appearance. Big Al’s brown, ugly scales and big eyes and teeth scare the other fish away from him. He tries...more
Andrew Clements' inspirational story and Yoshi's awe inspiring artwork certainly make for a delightful combination. Big Al is at the front of my bookshelf
One day, all of the small fish got caught by a fisherman's net. Big Al saved them by tearing the net. After that, everyone loved Big Al.
I would use this book to talk about the importance of friendship and community and how everyone needs to get along.
Our youngest brought this book home from her second-grade class to practice her reading comprehension. We enjoyed reading the book together.