Read The Magic Fish

Read The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

Tiến loves his family and his friends…but Tiến has a secret he’s been keeping from them, and it might change everything. An amazing YA gr…

Gorgeous artwork well complimented by the simple color palette. At the end there’s a really interesting explanation of the fairy tale character / costume design that I enjoyed learning as well. The way he draws hair reminds me of a coloring book I had when I was little where I thought the girls were unbearably beautiful.

I really like how the story weaves together the main character’s story, his mother’s, and several fairy tales that they read together. The fairy tales are nicely woven with the narrative, which is also moving. I especially like how casting the stories against the mother’s immigration story lend them new meaning.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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