A Fish Named Glub

A Fish Named GlubIllustrated by Josée Bisaillon

In this lyrical story about friendship and the power of dreams, a small and ordinary fish asks himself the big questions in life as he observes life in the diner beyond his fishbowl.

Who am I? Where do I belong?


The lively characters around him provide unexpected answers, but soon it’s Glub who reveals answers to their questions, and their hearts’ true desires. The small and ordinary fish discovers that life   can be extraordinary. You just have to ask …




“A story that is as delightful in its individual parts as it is in its sweeping theme of dreams discovered and the small push of self-belief needed to follow them.”

Kirkus Review, February 26, 2014

“Bar-el’s tale of a fish who changes the lives of the employees and patrons of a small diner has the scope of a novel.”

Publishers Weekly, February 3, 2014

“Bisaillon creates gorgeous mixed-media tapestries upon which Bar-el’s words dance.”

Quill & Quire, April 2014

“… this story will appeal to older children who grasp the power of dreams, hopes, and memories, while younger children will enjoy the antics of Glub and the people he meets during his time at the diner.”

School Library Journal, April 2014

“Artfully told, the story’s melancholy edge is melted by the connections made between characters. The collage-style art charms with its childlike appeal that helps put the book right at the reader’s level. This is a book to return to, with nuance adding to each reading.”

Booklist, April 2014

Glub poses his existential questions and various visitors to the diner provide answers. Bit by bit, Glub’s existence grows more enriched … Glub discovers a very unusual talent. It’s a gift that brings happiness to others, but leaves Glub still feeling alone — until one day, Foster, Evelyn and her mom test the waters together.”

The Montreal Gazette, May 2014

“With insight and sensitivity, Dan Bar-el writes of the importance of finding one’s place in the world and the quest to follow one’s aspirations. Through his perceptive prose, one begins to empathize with the patrons … Josée Bisaillon’s mixed-media illustrations are quirky, fun and interesting.”

Canadian Children’s Book News, April 2014

National Post, April 12, 2014