Here sits barnacle, stuck to a pier all day, all night, every day, every night. The tide comes in, the tide goes out, and he is bored. Absolutely, completely, and utterly bored. He watches other fish have so much more fun and all he can do is, well, nothing. Just stuck to a pier, bored and jealous. But it might be the fish wanting to trade places with Barnacle.
This is an absolute adorable children's book that really has some nice underlying values in it. I purchased this book at my son's daycare's book fair and it has been read multiple times. Barnacle is jealous of other sea life because they are able to do something besides be stuck to a pier. But when he witnesses one of the fish become someone's lunch, he realizes his life isn't too bad after all. This is a great lesson to teach children (and myself sometimes), that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
The illustrations are beautifully portrayed including wonderful facial expressions showing exasperation and disgust from Barnacle. It also is a very original concept - who would have ever thought to make a barnacle the protagonist of a children's story? Fenske did and it works. The best thing about this book is that its a great cure for, ironically, boredom.