About the Book
Author: Lee Ann Mancini
Illustrator: Dan Sharp
Genre: Children's Christian Picture Book
Number of Pages: 29
Synopsis: Multiple award-winning book, Fast Freddy is one of the sea kids that live in the “coralhood.” Fast Freddy overcomes the ridicule of being different (half shark, half octopus) from the other kids in his new school. Once they find out he can swim fast like a shark, they ask him to join the swim team. They realize he is a great kid and are happy that he helps them win the championship for the first time. He comes from behind overcoming Marcus who is a formidable threat on team Barracudas. His octopus arms wave in victory as he crosses the finish line! Freddy receives the MVP award, but says a prayer of thanks to Jesus for being different and having new friends.
Freddy is starting at a new school and feels like a "fish out of water" so when the other fish tease him for being different he is heartbroken. However, when the teacher reminds the class that our uniqueness is what makes us special they decided to give friendship with Freddy a try. They soon find his talents extraordinary and are happy to have him at their school.
Fast Freddy is a such a sweet tale. It deals with important topics like bullying, acceptance, and friendship. Little ones will love all the colorful illustrations and fun fishy characters. They will celebrate when Freddy crosses the finish line and learn gratitude when Freddy says his prayers, thanking Jesus for his new friends. The story also has a hidden Christian fish on each page which even I enjoyed searching for.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Fast Freddy.