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I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean Hardcover – May 10, 2007

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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PreS–A lighthearted, clever story presented in an oversize, colorful package. A bright blue giant squid cruises through the ocean, proudly noting that he is bigger than all the creatures he encounters. From shrimp to shark, he repeats his refrain, I'm bigger than…, sounding remarkably similar to a three-year-old cheerfully cataloging his world. Briefly dismayed when swallowed by a voracious whale (who has also swallowed up everyone else whole including the shark), the squid rallies by noting, I'm the biggest thing in this whale! This buoyant tale, filled with nonthreatening cartoonish denizens of the deep blue (and turquoise and green) sea, makes no effort to be realistic or educational but just simple fun, which is its charm. (Note the squid on the back cover proudly stating that he is bigger than the bar code.) –Susan Moorhead, New Rochelle Public Library, NY
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"Waves of exuberance flow out of this crowd-pleaser, in which a squid proudly points out how much bigger it is than any shrimp, clam, octopus or fish in the neighborhood."

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Sherry renders his hero and habitat in bright colors and bold, simple shapes that will be surefire eye magnets for preschoolers….”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; STK edition (May 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803731922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803731929
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My four and six year old children loved this book! They laughed out loud as each page was turned. The drawings are simple, clear and colorful with happy, friendly sea creatures. The giant squid is a likable character who is proud to be the biggest thing in the ocean. When the unexpected happens, it goes with the flow and makes the best of its new situation. The bonus bathtub clings were also a huge hit with my kids. They have them all over the tub and are now creating their own versions of this wonderful story. This new author /illustrator is talented and one I want to watch!
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I am a teacher and a mother of three young children (a 4 yr old girl and twin 3 yr old boys). My three loved this book and had me read it over and over again. They laugh out loud each time we read it. I can even see it being used in the classroom - having young children write their own book and being, "The biggest thing in their world". I loved this author's concept and hope he has many more to come.
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I am strangely obsessed with the giant squid, so obviously I had to order this book. My son is 7 months old and this is one of his favorites, he often pulls it out of the pile and starts to chew on it expectantly. The pictures are colorful and clear and really seem to grab his attention. It is a great length to read to a little one. And I love the silly side of the story and squid's optimism, I think my son will continue to enjoy the story as he gets older and is able to understand more.
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This book is really fun and my little girl loves the funny twist at the end. She also likes that she can anticipate the text enough that she can "read" it herself. The way the words are written makes the story more lively so it's not boring to read it over and over and the illustrations really hold preschoolers' attention with the bold colors and clearly drawn sea creatures. I'm really glad I bought this book.
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My kids LOVE this book. When they were younger we would read this with funny voices and faces and they were thrilled. Now the are learning to read and it's easy enough for them to read themselves. Good positive outlook book.
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My toddler son is obsessed with this book. It's a simple story with repetitive text and he loves trying to "read" it himself. The giant squid is very proud that he is the biggest thing in the ocean and goes though naming all the animals he is bigger than...until he gets eaten by a whale. He is a little disappointed, but then realizes he is is biggest thing inside the whale. It has nice bright illustrations as well.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a daily read for my 2 and 5 year-old boys. "Big in the Ocean", as my little guy calls it, is a wonderful book: a simple but compelling story, a great lesson, lots of little creatures to count, and good practice for beginning readers. Both boys adore the book, and the 5 year-old oftens reads it to his brother. Together they count shrimp, clams and fish, whisper when the shark appears, and giggle with glee at the end. They love it so much, I'm buying another copy for their school!

The clings look like fun, but would probably end up in the 2 YO's mouth, so I'll hold off using for a year.
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By elfdart on June 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
this is about a giant squid who goes around the ocean showing us how he's bigger than everything, and you can tell he's really proud of this fact, in a fun way. then a whale comes behind him and eats him in all of his glory and he's shocked for a second. but then he looks around at all of the other animals in the whale and then proclaims happily that he's the biggest thing in the whale. it's an optimistic book about a squid who happy with who he is enough to see how he's great no matter the situation. it's short, but it's good to read out loud and has bright, colourful pictures.
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