Walking Talking Fish Provides Educational Adventure

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Madison's dog, Cooper, has caught a fish in a pond. Madison is about to release it when it begins walking and talking! Madison is amazed by Wally the Walking Fish, and soon she, Cooper, and Wally are having adventures in their Florida back yard.

Young readers will learn about catfish, mushrooms, and a host of natural interests in author and educator Gary Lamit's new, vividly illustrated book, "Wally the Walking Fish Meets Madison and Cooper" (ISBN 9781439225417, BookSurge, 2009).

A young pig-tailed girl named Madison, a grumbling and very hungry yellow Labrador retriever named Cooper, and Wally, a walking fish, all explore the area around their pond, dunes and forest in search of adventure in Gary Lamit's enchanting "Wally the Walking Fish Meets Madison and Cooper."

When Madison and Cooper catch a catfish in a local pond, they can't believe their eyes! Not only can the catfish walk, but he also talks--informing them his name is Wally! Immediately charmed by Wally, Madison and Cooper decide to go for a fun walk with him. Along the way, they meet more new friends including a flying fish and Betty the Beaver. They also learn about the local flora and fauna, including mushrooms, and they come to appreciate Nature and new friends.

Author Gary Lamit has used personal experiences from numerous family fishing trips to inspire the creation of Wally the Walking Fish's story. Madison is based on his own granddaughter, and Cooper is his giant, one-hundred-pound yellow lab. In real life, Cooper is always hungry, so in the book, he is constantly grumbling about his rumbling stomach. Many of the illustrations Lamit based off real photographs to give them authenticity. And yes, catfish really can walk.

Children in pre-school through early elementary will love this book. Reader Views for Kids reviewer, Sophia McElroy, age 6½, was delighted with "Wally the Walking Fish Meets Madison and Cooper." She said, "This is a great story about a walking fish…I never knew that Catfish could walk…They put their tail in like a puddle or something and can stay out of the water for several days as long as they stay moist. The artwork is beautiful. My favorite picture is of Wally walking. My favorite funny part of the book is when Cooper, the yellow Labrador, jumps in the air trying to fly. This really made me laugh!" Educational, funny, and with a main character that will make children exclaim, "Holy Mackerel!" "Wally the Walking Fish Meets Madison and Cooper" is sure to delight young children everywhere.

About the Author
An educator for almost forty years, Gary Lamit has taught second graders through university students and has published over thirty books on a variety of subjects. Married with grown kids, he currently teaches at a community college. He spends considerable time reading children's books to his pre-school extended-family members, whose number seems to increase every few months!

"Wally the Walking Fish Meets Madison and Cooper" (ISBN 9781439225417, BookSurge, 2009) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.walkingfishbooks.com. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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