Fish Finelli (Book 1): Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles

Last updated Monday, February 4, 2019

Author: E.S. Farber and Jason Beene
Date of Publication:
ISBN: 145210820X
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jan. 2019

Synopsis: When the Whooping Hollow town bully, Bryce Billings, bets Fish Finelli that he can't find Captain Kidd's treasure, Fish and his best buds Roger and T. J. must embark on a quest to find the long-lost booty! Between sneaking into the library to track down Captain Kidd's treasure map, stowing away on a boat, and trespassing on the legendary Lyons Island, Fish and his friends are up to their necks in "goose poop" on this adventure!

Note to readers:
•  Each chapter averages one informational illustration, which defines new vocabulary (see below), and one narrative illustration.
•  Due to its length, remind the students that they can finish reading the action-packed book by checking it out of their school's library.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is your nickname?
•  With whom do you go on adventures?


•  Walkie-Talkie – small battery-powered two-way radio
•  White Flag – a white cloth or flag indicating surrender or truce
•  Stingray – a broad, flat fish with a long and poisonous tail

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Fish Finelli knows a lot about the sea and marine-related things. What do you know a lot about?
•  If you had a treasure map, what kind of treasure would you hope to find?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a treasure map- X marks the spot!
•  Check our January craft ideas on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!