Nugget and Fang Go to School

Tammi Sauer (Author) Michael Slack (Illustrator)


Can a shark really fit in at Mini Minnows Elementary, or will he be a fish out of water? The popular undersea pals Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, are back in this first-day-of-school story that's full of heart and humor.

When Fang the shark is invited by his friends to attend Mini Minnows Elementary, he thinks it's a great idea But then his first day of school arrives . . . and suddenly, he's not so sure. He's not very good at reading or math. He doesn't exactly fit in with his classmates. And the teacher looks crabby Can Fang's best friend, Nugget, and the other minnows turn things around and prove to him that school really is fang-tastic?

This reassuring first-day-of-school and friendship story is full of heart and humor, showing that everyone feels like a fish out of water sometimes, and that it's important to be a good friend.

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Clarion Books
Publish Date
June 25, 2019
10.8 X 0.4 X 9.4 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Tammi Sauer, a former teacher and library media specialist, is the author of many popular picture books. She lives in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Twitter: @SauerTammi

Michael Slack lives with his family near San Francisco, California.
Twitter: @michaelslackart
Instagram: @michael_slackart


"Sauer and Slack keep up the laughs, and the reassurance."--The New York Times Book Review

"[B]right and colorful. Slack deftly portrays Fang's every emotion....Readers will no doubt feel empathetic."--Kirkus

Praise for Nugget and Fang

"Incorporate this into fish- or shark-themed storytimes or share with "Finding Nemo" fans--either way, kids are likely to snap it up hook, line, and sinker."--BCCB

"It's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero."--Kirkus

"Sauer creates kindly characters and hits sweetly humorous notes throughout. . . . [a] funny friendship tale."--PW

"Sends a positive message about the power of friendship and the importance of individuality."--School Library Journal