The lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish

and other books in the the Tinfish series


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 Below are some of the quotes from recent reviews of the"Mr. Tinfish Series".


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The lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish


This is a wonderful book. Your child is learning, but likely won't realize it.  I'm working this into our homeschool curriculum after the first of the year. A must have book for every family. RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥ (Mystee Blackwood:



I would recommend these books and the way the author incorporates all different animals and their personalities and abilities is really unique.   (Tracee Gleichner: http://review



This is a great story for the kids who are very environmentally conscientious. This will teach our children that if we don't take care of our Earth we will be gone and everyone will have to pay the consequences.  I think this is a great book to read to our kids to help them understand the risk our planet is under and also for ways they can help protect it.  (Allison Winfield:

What an interesting book that really deals with a serious issue but does it through the use of some odd little characters and their many adventures. All of them unite to try and find out what is happening where they live. With important and relevant information about animals and the environment, author Chris Wardle presents it in a fun way and makes it easy to understand for children. He does it with respect to children's intelligence and that is one thing that makes it interesting to adults as well. … Kudos to Chris Wardle for this lovely and important children's story!

(Karen Haney:



…these are lovely, well-written books with an important storyline and characters that children will love.

(Tania McCartney



Delightful with a capitol D:-)   The characters are often quite hilarious. They will remind you of many of the people you know...some are a little kooky, some are know it all's, several are very hard workers,  two or three can be lazy at times, a few are humble, and eccentricities are bountiful...but somehow, they all work together very nicely to the betterment of the community, and they enrich each others lives! I found The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish (and Mr. Choli's River Trip) to be like the old Muppet Show... aimed at children, but the humor is best understood by adults! I enjoyed them both, and was left wanting more...highest praise indeed! (Libby Neas:


I'd definitely suggest The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish to kids who are interested in the planet and animals!

(Melissa Cadwell



I have read them all and they are just darling! I have a 4 year old daughter and a 2 year old daughter that just LOVE mommy reading to them. There is just sooo much to each of these books .... I do not want to give the books away so I am sorry if I leave out A LOT but I want you all to read these books... kids or no kids these books are a MUST read~!  (Vanessa Brooks:



The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish is an enjoyable first book of what I feel will be an amazing series. While dealing with a serious issue, the reader is pulled in by the quirky characters and their adventures, and will look forward to reading more books by Chris Wardle.Rating:        

(Cheryl Malandrinos:



(Suggested reading level: Grades 3-6). The story’s fun and the writing is relaxed, not heavy-handed at all.  Kids who love animals will enjoy this series.(Carol Evans:

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Mr. Choli’s River Trip


This book was another great showing of what I like to call *accidental learning*. It's a cute story with greatly created characters. Your children are pulled in by the characters and the expedition, rather than thinking they're learning things about the environment. After reading the second book in this series, my opinion is that these books should be read in order. Again this one will be worked into my homeschool curriculum for my children. RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥

(Mystee Blackwood:



This book was a little more fast paced than the first.  I love how these animals work together and each has a distinctive job and personality.  I also love how natural elements are brought in to help children see what could happen.

(Tracee Gleichner: http://review



I think they are both great stories and many kids will love them!! (Allison Winfield:

I really have to say I enjoy reading these books to my girls... like the first in the series these wide variety of animals have come to learn how to help each other and get through some of the toughest times. Book one was about Flooding book two is about drought.... this is a must read series kids love them and if you’re like me and LOVE to read to your kids and like kids books you will love these books.

(Vanessa Brooks:



Suggested reading level: Grades 3-6) …Two  of the animals really stood out for me this time around. Mr. Denzel who for a mole is really brilliant and keeps his head even in an emergency. The other was Mr. Tavarre, a parrot we met in the first book, who has become a little pirate crazy. His antics are amusing, but I also liked how kind Mr. Choli and the other creatures are to him, even if they think he’s a little nuts….It’s an exciting adventure that kids will enjoy.(Carol Evans:



I enjoyed Mr. Choli’s River Trip even better than the first book in the series. New adventures, new characters, and the developing friendships among the residents of Daphne Wood, add to this already engaging and thought provoking series. Again, the reader gets the opportunity to witness how the climate changes have impacted the colony and the ingenuity of the residents working together to solve the problem. The cooperation amongst the characters is truly one of the best parts of these books; teaching readers that working together, they can make a difference. …The cover art on both of these books is downright hilarious. I absolutely love the picture of Mr. Choli with his pipe and magnifying glass….I would definitely recommend Mr. Choli’s River Trip to any youngster interested in environmental issues, those who love animals and nature, and readers who like engaging stories filled with fun and quirky characters. I can’t wait to read the next two books in this series!

Rating: (5 smilies) (Cheryl Malandrinos:

Mr. Vinegar and the Frozen Sea


This set of books continue to create wonderful adventure with great characters and lessons that we all need to be aware of. A great third installment of *accidental learning* for your child. RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥

(Mystee Blackwood:



It is great once again to see them work together and use each others strengths and weaknesses to make sure that all of them are taken care of.  A great example of working towards a common goal.

(Tracee Gleichner: http://review



I think these books are great for kids.  Kayla is very wrapped up in these animals and their personal stories.  She talks to me about them and the other kids and hubby wonder what we are talking about.  LOL  We probably sound like a couple of women talking about our favorite soap opera or something.  I love that unlike many of the popular children's books, the Mr Tinfish series teach many important lessons to children.  They learn the importance of taking care of our planet, they learn how to work as a team, and how to use critical thinking skills to solve problems.  When Kayla and I read these books we stop when the animals have their colony meeting.  We discuss the problem they are facing and possible solutions.  Then we continue reading to see how the animals decide to solve the problem.  These books also teach children that sometimes there are multiple ways to solve problems and how to work together to decide which solution is best for that situation.

These are great books and would make great Christmas presents!!      (Allison Winfield:



Chris Wardle does a fantastic job with his books keeping them full of adventure and kids/adults wanting to know more lol. Read my next post book 4 of five "Mrs. Cat-biscuit's Search for downward land"  to see what happens next in this amazing series. 4 out of 5 stars :)

(Vanessa Brooks:



Wardle introduces more new characters in this book. Amazingly, each character is unique and has some type of quirk that will leave an impression on the reader. The creation of these zany characters is definitely Wardle’s strong point.  That the animals have managed to work together for so long for the betterment of everyone, provides young readers an excellent example without being preachy. The illustrations add a special touch to the book…Wardle consistently puts together fun, humorous stories filled with adventure that address the global issue of climate changes in a way that children will enjoy. (Cheryl Malandrinos:



(Suggested reading level: Grades 3-6)…I love that all the animals, both those that live in the colony and those they meet during the adventures are friendly and helpful. They work together to overcome the challenges they face. It’s a good lesson for all of us. This was another cute story, a grand adventure and had more funny spots, at least to me, than the first two. I have to say that I personally would like to visit the coconut bar.

(Carol Evans:

Mrs Cat-biscuit's search for the downward land


This is another great book in this series showing how unique each character is and how they manage to work together for a positive outcome. RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥

(Mystee Blackwood:



I have reached the 4th book in the series, “Mrs. Cat-biscuit’s search for the downard land” and my interest is still piqued.  I have been speaking to the teachers at my daughters school because I think these books would be perfect for 3rd and 4th graders.  (Tracee Gleichner: http://review



Another great book in the series.  This one is Kayla's favorite so far.  She loves the drama and excitement of the 2 groups and that they had an earthquake! (Allison Winfield:



Again Chris does an amazing job capturing these animals I love all these books my 4 year old daughter loves books and I have read all 5 to her and her sister who is 2. … a must read :)

(Vanessa Brooks:



Having five cats, I’ve always loved Mr. Choli and Mr. Ginger: their love of food, their love of naps, and their hatred of water. While assigning human characteristics to these characters, Wardle also manages to get them to act very much like the birds and animals they are….Finding books that educate and entertain can be difficult. Wardle has managed to create four books that do just that. Mrs. Cat-biscuit’s search for the downward land, like the other books in the Mr. Tinfish series, helps young people realize the impact climate changes have on our environment while making them laugh from time to time.

(Cheryl Malandrinos:



As always, the animals resourcefulness is simply amazing, as is their ability to work together…Overall, though, this is another fun story. The animals are all so quirky but get along well for the most part.

(Carol Evans:

Mr. Ginger and the disappearing fish


I have to say that this has to be one of the best children's book series' that I have read to date. The characters are awesome and the *accidental learning* is a benefit to all parents. Pick these up for your children and read them with them. RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥ (Mystee Blackwood:



Once again, this book would truly appeal to any child that loves animals and it is heartwarming to see how the author has incorporated teamwork in such a way.  I would recommend these books to parents of young children to help hold their interest and teach them life lessons in so many different way.

(Tracee Gleichner: http://review



Kayla really likes this book.  She can relate to Mr Choli and Mr Ginger and their frustration of the noisy birds.  Anyone who has went to the beach knows how loud and crazy seagulls can be.  And if you haven't been to the beach you can relate if you have seen Finding Nemo (Mine Mine Mine) .  This book like the previous 4 are great for kids and a fun and easy read.  Kayla is very excited for the next book and to find out what else happens to the animals!!    (Allison Winfield:


I love how they work together to get back to the Cottage to check on everything to find Mr Ginger and Mr Choli's car on top of the cottage lol.... you will have to read this book to find out the whole adventure amazing books for sure and I am glad I got the chance to review these books thank you Chris Wardle I hope you come up with more eventful adventures soon. (Vanessa Brooks:



The fifth and final instalment of the Mr Tinfish series will definitely remind you of why you love the series in the first place…. Wardle knows exactly what he needs to do to move this story along . There is never a moment when the reader isn’t eager to turn the pages. Despite the fact that this book is dealing with a very serious issue, Wardle continues to find a way to get young people thinking, while providing them with an enjoyable read….While Mr. Ginger and the Disappearing Fish brings the story of Daphne Wood’s zany residents to an end, I like how Wardle left them. I could see some Daphne Wood short stories coming out of this. Perhaps if I beg, the author will give us another book to enjoy.

(Cheryl Malandrinos:



Mr. Ginger has to be my favorite character this time around. He’s in the group looking for a new place for gulls and is thrilled to be carried by a pelican. he loves flying. Also, his daily trainings are amusing and his recently developed obsession with cooking fits perfectly with his personality….This is a good series that I imagine most animal-loving kids would enjoy, boys and girls.

(Carol Evans:

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