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From School Library Journal

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: 11.3 x 0.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kevin Sherry is the award winning author and illustrator who brought us "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean" and many more books. Kevin is a hard working artist with a unstoppable work ethic. Kevin graduated with honors from Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration, and upon graduation, started a T-shirt company and began his children's book career. Kevin lives in Baltimore, an incredibly artistic and supportive city, and hones his artistic craft by screen printing show posters and performing puppet shows in a oversized bear head. It has always been his dream to make children's books.
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My 3 year old grandson loves it!
Belinda GLaunsinger
Now, at one year old, it is her absolute favorite book, and we read it every day, sometimes multiple times a day.
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This book is full of bright, inviting illustrations and fun, simple text.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bettiann Young on May 10, 2007
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deanne Carr on May 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Xanadu on April 30, 2008
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Waters on July 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 2-year-old has gone nuts for this book. The story is wonderfully understandable and the art is fantastic. And for $16.99 (list) you get color, a gatefold, and best of all--bathtub stickies!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DiDi on January 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Illustrations, limited text, and story line make this perfect for three and four year olds! Subtle, but good lesson can be learned.
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Format: Board book
The giant squid is big. Very big.

She's very proud of how big she is. She even thinks that she's the biggest thing in the ocean - bigger than shrimp, clams, and crabs. Even bigger than jellyfish, turtles, and octopodes.

But she's forgotten that everything has to eat and that even giant squid have predators. Along comes a sperm whale and gobbles her up. Now worries though, optimist that she is, the squid realizes that she's the biggest thing in the whale!

Kevin Sherry's delightfully playful I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean is a delightful read. The pictures are cute and they're even anatomically correct (no eyes on these clams). Packed with humor, this is a fantastic board book for your toddler (or your favorite marine biologist) to explore beautiful art and relative sizes.

This review and more like it available on my blog, Bibliopapa.
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By Maya's mom on September 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My 3-year old son and I borrowed this book from the library over the summer. We were initially attracted to it because there was a squid on the cover, and he was really into sea animals this summer. What a nice surprise this book was. He laughed hysterically and wanted to read it again and again. Exactly what you want from a children's book! My husband and I (and truth be told, our 8-year old daughter) also thought it was really cute and funny. We ended up buying this for him from amazon for his 4th birthday. He received it 2 days ago and has it completely memorized already- including the little jokes on the last page and back cover! This one if our favorite book to come by in a long time. It makes for a nice bedtime story, too, since it is a very quick read. Highly recommended.
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