The lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish

and other books in the the Tinfish series

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Mr. Tinfish the penguin lives with his family in an old oil drum at the edge of the sea, which he likes to think of as his barrel-lighthouse. Unfortunately since the time of the people the climate has been subject to sudden changes and a rapid rise in sea level creates problems, not only for the barrel-lighthouse, but for all of the animals and birds who are part of the colony. Luckily Mr. Vinegar the Walrus enjoys feeling important during a good crisis, and enlists the help of Mr. Choli and Mr. Ginger, the cats.

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Mr. Choli is the head detective of the colony, although his laziness usually gets the better of him as, being a cat, sleeping and eating roast fish are his main priorities. Luckily his companions, including Mrs. Cat-biscuit the goat, and his sidekick Mr. Ginger with his ever-rumbling tummy, are there to assist in his haphazard expeditions to help the colony whenever there is a problem.

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"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!

Cheryl C. Malandrinos  - THE CHILDREN'S AND TEENS BOOK CONNECTION  (10th Feb2010).        

"The book is fun to read and really

good to read to younger children around kindergarten age. Older children can read it on their own but again, story reading together might spark some wonderful and thought provoking discussion with your older child about environmental issues."

Karen Haney.  BOOKIN WITH BINGO (12th Feb 2010)

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"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!...was left wanting more...highest praise indeed!" Libby Neas.

( 30th March 2010

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"...anyone ages 9 through 12 will enjoy

the flow of his prose."

Cheryl C. Malandrinos  - THE CHILDREN'S AND TEENS BOOK CONNECTION  (10th Feb2010)

"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."

"Mr. Vinegar and the Frozen Sea is a delightful read that kids will devour with zest."

Cheryl C. Malandrinos  - THE CHILDREN'S AND TEENS BOOK CONNECTION  (5th May 2010)

"These are the cutest easy chapter books"    ..."I'm hooked now."

Abi  Buening. 19th April 2010          

"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."

Cheryl C. Malandrinos  - THE CHILDREN'S AND TEENS BOOK CONNECTION  (10th Feb2010)

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

Tania McCartney

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"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


"There is just sooo much to each of these books …kids or no kids these books are a MUST read~! "

(Vanessa Brooks:


"I really like this book. ... This book was interesting from the beginning until the end. I think mostly girls but also boys who love animals will love this book. "

Kayla Winfield    

 "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    

"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:

"This book was another great showing of what I like to call *accidental learning*. It's a cute story with greatly created characters. Again this one will be worked into my homeschool curriculum for my children." RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥

(Mystee Blackwood:

"These are great books and would make great Christmas presents!!"

(Allison Winfield: http://the-winfields-

It’s an exciting adventure that kids will enjoy.

(Carol Evans: http://Carolsnotebook.

The first chapters of all the

books in the Tinfish series can be found on this website - Click

on the book covers  to read them:

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It seems that a sudden rise in the sea level is just the start of the problems that the ever-changing climate will bring. Luckily for Mr. Tinfish, the other animals and birds all try to support each other, and Mr. Vinegar the walrus organises the first of many expeditions led by Mr. Choli the cat to help the colony adapt to the changing conditions.

'The lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish' is the first in a series of children's books by Chris Wardle which follows the humorous adventures of Mr. Tinfish the penguin and his friends as they try to cope with the impact of climatic change in their community.

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