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The Blobfish Book Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2—A misunderstood deep-sea dweller gets its moment in the sun in this tongue-in-cheek informational picture book. The bubble-gum pink blobfish is sketched onto the pages of a nonfiction work that presents facts about and photos of the fascinating creatures that live miles beneath the ocean surface. Snappy dialogue balloons and humorously exaggerated cartoon features convey the impatient critter's mental "fin-twiddling" as it waits to hear about its own species. When the big moment arrives, delight turns to dismay as the protagonist discovers that "the blobfish was once voted the world's ugliest animal." Tears and self-doubt ensue. However, it doesn't take long for the other deep-water denizens—now embellished with expressive cartoon eyes and speech balloons of their own—to chime in with a bit of empathy and a crayoned letter of support. Additional facts about the featured animals and their environment, along with a list of web resources, are appended. VERDICT Olien pulls off the humor and the positive friendship message without a hitch, while also whetting the appetites of young readers to find out more about Earth's most mysterious frontier. A first purchase.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
“A misunderstood deep-sea dweller gets its moment in the sun in this tongue-in-cheek informational picture book...Olien pulls off the humor and the positive friendship message without a hitch, while also whetting the appetites of young readers to find out more about Earth’s most mysterious frontier.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Delivers big laughs.” (Publishers Weekly)
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Praise for SHARK DETECTIVE: “Nothing slows the determination of chip-munching Shark in this lively romp through the mean streets. He’s one cool sleuth.” (School Library Journal)
Praise for SHARK DETECTIVE: “Shark is an endearing goofball worth rooting for.” (Publishers Weekly)
Top Customer Reviews
Pros: A fun blend of fact and fiction, with some facts about the deepest parts of the ocean being snuck in around Blobfish’s slightly obnoxious, but always good-intentioned narration.
Cons: The informational part is pretty slight.
A good book for:
-kids who want to learn more about ocean zones
-fun facts about deep sea creatures
-friendship and cooperation
-learning to share the limelight (even in the darkest part of the ocean)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing text for informational writing or science lesson. Very enjoyable and fun readPublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great Book. This book can be used for enjoyment and used as an anchor text to teach lots of reading and writing strategies. So happy I got it!!!!Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
This book is so funny and adorable! also has some real animals which makes it both educational and even funnier!Published 3 months ago by C. Lombardo
I just love this little pink blobfish! smart, witty and brilliantly put together! One of my favorite PB books this year.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer