New Children’s Book ‘Little Big Fish’ Follows Little Fish With Big Dreams

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Author Johnny Bates writes, illustrates second children’s book.

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I wanted to illustrate that just because we feel highly about ourselves doesn’t mean others are inferior.

Author and father of two Johnny Bates takes inspiration from his 6-year-old son’s inquisitive nature and thirst for knowledge to tell a tale of exploration and self-discovery in his new illustrated children’s book, “Little Big Fish” (published by Trafford Publishing).

“The term ‘little fish in a big pond’ is a classic cultural statement,” Bates says. “I wanted to illustrate that just because we feel highly about ourselves doesn’t mean others are inferior.”

Accompanied by Bates’ custom hand-drawn illustrations, “Little Big Fish” tells the story of Blue, a big fish living in a little pond. Blue sets off on an adventure to find out if he is the biggest fish of all, and winds up discovering a whole other world beyond his comfortable little pond.

An excerpt from “Little Big Fish”:

“Blue and the whale become good friends. They swim together and tell each other stories. The whale explains to Blue how big the ocean is and how big the fish get. He tells Blue about rays and giant squid.”

Little Big Fish
By Johnny Bates
Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5 in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781490711249
E-Book | ISBN 9781490711232
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Johnny Bates works in the land planning, civil engineering and land surveying fields. He paints, illustrates, sculpts, tells stories and cooks in his free time. He has two children and is also the author of “The Magic Paint Brush.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC self-publishing imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service” and has led the indie publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self-publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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