Project Description


Lillian’s Fish

by James Menk
illustrated by Louisa Bauer

Lillian’s fish is missing!

When Lillian turns six, her favorite gift is an extraordinary fish whose body shimmers with all the colors of the rainbow. But when the brand-new birthday fish disappears, Lillian is devestated.

While she and her brothers try to unravel the mystery, the other family pets—the horse, the goat, the dog, the cat, the turtle, the spider, and the bird—secretly band together to find out what has happened to the little fish. A trail of clues soon leads the animals on a fantastic adventure along the river and deep into the woods, where they encounter new places and strange creatures.

James Menk’s delightful, lively tale of discovery and friendship will enchant readers of all ages. Louisa Bauer’s captivating drawings bring this charming story of children and their pets to life.

Hardcover: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-158-6
Total Pages: 176
Size: 5 1/2 x 7 1/2
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 51030
AR Reading Level: 5
AR Points: 4

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: P
F&P Grade: 3


Charlotte’s Web and 101 Dalmatians are among stories kids have loved because animals take on humanlike qualities and come together to embark on an important mission. This sweet story is a must for any child smitten by the premise…. Bauer’s lovely drawings and map of the search route help make this a book to treasure.” ―The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Meet the Author

James Menk drew upon the classic fairy tales and folk tales he read as a child to write Lillian’s Fish. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Menk lives in Vermont.

Meet the Illustrator

Louisa Bauer holds degrees from Syracuse University and the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives in New York.