Friday, April 26, 2024

The Day Fin Flooded the World by Adam Stower

We lived in the UK for four years and I spent a lot of time hauling books back from the local library to read to our kids. I don't know if it's because of that, but I find I have a particular affinity for books by British and other European authors. Today is one of them.

Title: The Day Fin Flooded the World

Author/Illustrator: Adam Stower

Publisher: Andersen Press USA, 2023

Themes: Humor, Forgetfulness, Point of View

Ages: Suitable for 2+

Opening Lines:

"In a house beside the sea lived a forgetful boy called Fin. Every morning he forgot to make his bed, brush his hair, and switch off his lamp."

Why I like this book: 

I'm a big fan of absurdity and I like to laugh. Honestly, a lot of real life is absurd! Fin's expressions and dialogue--his regretful truthfulness--resonated with my experiences with the young ones in my life. The colorful illustrations bring a make-believe world to life.


  • Talk about Fin's character. What do you like about him? What do you dislike? 
  • Pick one of the fish in the illustrations and write their story. Where were they going? What were they going to do?
  • Try to remember a time you forgot something. Did something good or bad happen as a result?
  • Compare the Bird Queen to Mo Willem's pigeon. How is it similar and different in appearance and personality?
  • Read about scuba diving and compare it to Fin's experience.
  • Make a Paper mobile with fish on it with Teacher Sheila!

I enjoy hearing if you enjoyed this book recommendation. My review is part of Perfect Picture Book Friday created and hosted by author Susanna Leonard Hill. The opinion in the review is wholly my own.