Random House: Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books
Newletters and Alerts

Buy now from Random House

See more online stores - Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale

Buy now from Random House

  • Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale
  • Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones
    Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
  • Format: Hardcover Library Binding | ISBN: 9780375969188
  • Our Price: $20.99
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale

Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale

Written by Sally Lloyd-JonesAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrated by Alexandra BoigerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Alexandra Boiger

Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale Cover

Share & Shelve:

  • Add This - Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale
  • Email this page - Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale
  • Print this page - Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale


An Ample Roundy Fish called Mrs. Doreen Randolph-Potts is on a mission: to visit her second cousin twice removed who's just welcomed 157 babies. But when she spies what she thinks is a yummy dragonfly—and is actually bait—poor Doreen is lifted out of the water on a fishing pole. Luckily, Doreen is, shall we say, a wee bit clueless about the dire situation. Kids will love being in on the joke as our oblivious heroine arrives, in a roundabout way, at her final destination. Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of the New York Times bestseller How to Be A Baby, and acclaimed illustrator Alexandra Boiger bring the world of a fish to vibrant, funny life.
Sally Lloyd-Jones|Alexandra Boiger

About Sally Lloyd-Jones

Sally Lloyd-Jones - Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale

Photo © Courtesy of the Author

I wrote How to Be a Baby by Me the Big Sister as a kind of revenge on my three little sisters . . . not really. But since I’m the oldest, I obviously am the expert here–I mean, after all, I saw them when they were babies but did they see me? And I actually held them and fed them bottles of milk, and had to look after them, and hear all their baby squawkings–but where were they when I was a baby? Exactly. Anyway, so I know things.

What I don’t know, though, is how to write an Author Spotlight. So time for some . . .

Sally Lloyd-Jones
What sort of name is that? Mine (I’m half Welsh)
Age: None of your business
Birthday: Four hours off April Fools’
Place of birth: Kampala, Uganda, where my father had gone to take a job
School: A boarding school called Manor House in the New Forest (except it’s not new at all, of course, it’s quite ancient)
College: Sussex University
Major: Art History with French
Languages: English, bad French, and once upon a time Swahili
Place of residence:
Other places lived:
London, Oxford, Paris, Singapore, Sierra Leone, Kenya
Reason for coming to the U.S.: For an adventure, just for a year
When you came: Eighteen years ago
Favorite color: Orange (except when it’s robin’s egg blue)
Favorite book: Winnie the Pooh
Favorite movie: Chariots of Fire
Favorite food: Porridge (oatmeal with a nicer name)
Other favorite food: Proper puddings (stodgy British variety, not the American pudding, which, as far as I can tell, is just custard masquerading)
Do you only like foods beginning with P? Don’t be silly, I detest prunes
Horridest food ever invented: Brussels sprouts
Horridest thing ever invented: Spelling tests and times tables
First book ever read: The Complete Nonsense by Edward Lear
Last book read: Tamar by Mal Peet
Current book being read: The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
What is it with puddings? I don’t know. I’m a Brit. I can’t help it.
Best story ever: You can’t top the Bible
Best nonfiction ever: Ditto
First part-time job: Factory worker at Arco-Lectric Plugs, East Molesey
First temp job: Typist at customer complaints dept. of large grocery store chain (People would write in complaining of slipping on a grape in Aisle 4 and cracking their hip open, and we’d send them £10 for their trouble)
First temp job fired from: Typist at customer complaints dept. of large grocery store chain
Duration: One day
Reason fired: For doing word-breaks (they didn’t believe in them)
First job: Editorial assistant, Oxford University Press
Current job: To tell stories
Favorite job: Ditto. You mostly get in trouble for this when you’re little, of course, but when you’re a grown-up you can get away with it–sometimes even get paid to do it.
Silliest job: Going to schools in my pajamas saying goodnight to lots of children in the middle of the day (when I’m reading Time to Say Goodnight) or carrying 16 handbags with potatoes, old shoes, bits of half-eaten spaghetti in them (when I’m reading Handbag Friends). The poor children are very kind and humor me.
Favorite saying: Bob’s your uncle (Brit for: there you have it)
Some favorite words: Whirligig, caboodle, spiffy, fizzy
Words you’re scared of: Revenues, spreadsheets, execute, in perpetuity, cross-check
Favorite places: Nantucket, Cornwall, France, by a wood fire, snowy woods
Some favorite things: My nieces and nephews, sample sales, running, snow-shoeing, movies
Where do you find your ideas? I don’t. They find me. I just try to be someone "on whom nothing is lost." (Henry James)
Biggest challenge: To . . . "Sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover." (Mark Twain)
Greatest joy: Ditto
Goal: "To live all I can." (Henry James)
Good quote: "Be kind for everyone you know is fighting a great battle." (Philo–not a pastry–of Alexandria)
Best advice: When in doubt, if all else fails, put on the kettle and make a nice cup of tea

About Alexandra Boiger

Alexandra Boiger - Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale
Alexandra Boiger grew up in Munich, Germany as the youngest of seven children. She studied Graphic Design at the Fachhochschule Augsburg before working in Feature Animation at Warner Brothers and Dreamworks. After working in animation, Alexandra decided to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator, gathering a following as the illustrator of the popular Tallulah series. Max and Marla is her debut title as both author and illustrator. Alexandra now lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.


Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2014:
"[An] amusing, cleverly executed tale."

Your E-Mail Address
send me a copy

Recipient's E-Mail Address
(multiple addresses may be separated by commas)

A personal message: