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Children's Fiction Water Sports

Tiny Barbarian Conquers the Kraken!

by (author) Ame Dyckman

illustrated by Ashley Spires

Initial publish date
Aug 2023
Water Sports, Imagination & Play, General, New Experience, Humorous Stories
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2023
    List Price

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Our fearless tiny hero conquers another common childhood fear—swim lessons!—in this epic follow-up to his origin story, Tiny Barbarian.

After admiring the new movie poster for Bob the Barbarian Conquers The Kraken, Tiny wants to battle a kraken in the choppy seas, too! There’s just one problem:

Tiny doesn’t know how to swim!

Off to the community pool for Tiny’s first swim lesson! With a swim cap stretched over his signature barbarian “helmet” and some cool new gear, Tiny learns to blow bubbles, float, dog paddle, kick, and build his confidence in the water. Just in time, because…

A tentacled fearsome foe rises from the deep end of the pool! Can Tiny use his new skills to defend his realm, protect his family, and save the day?

Once more, Ame Dyckman (You Don't Want A Unicorn!) and Ashley Spires (The Most Magnificent Thing) show that with a little bravery and a big imagination, tiny barbarians really can “CONQUER EVERYTHING!”

About the authors

Ame Dyckman is a New York Times bestselling author whose work includes Wolfie the Bunny, You Don’t Want a Unicorn!, You Don’t Want a Dragon!, That’s Life!, and more. Ame didn’t have to quest far for the inspiration for Tiny Barbarian’s characters, especially Tiny and his super-supportive family. (Ame’s own “barbarian horde” patiently puts up with Ame as she tries to “CONQUER EVERYTHING!” and when she wears the colander—I mean, shining helmet!—on her head.) Visit her online at

Ame Dyckman's profile page


Ashley Spires est diplômé de l'Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. Artiste touche à tout, elle a créé des sites Internet, des livres et des marionnettes. Elle est auteure et illustratrice de plusieurs livres dont Quel génie!, la série Basile le chat de l'espace,Petit Paul, Chien recherche garçon et André est débordé. Ashley a également illustré Le Labo des malins par Shar Levine et Leslie Johnstone. Elle vit à Delta, en Colombie-Britannique.


Ashley Spires earned her BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and went on to earn a graduate diploma in illustration from Sheridan College. She is also the illustrator of Binky the Space Cat. Ashley lives in British Columbia, but you can find her at

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Editorial Reviews

“A humorous and empowering introduction to swimming basics for those ready to test the waters. Colorful cartoon illustrations pop…The contrast between real life and Tiny’s vivid imagination will provoke giggles from kids; little ones nervous about swimming will emerge confident and excited.” — Kirkus Reviews

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