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Rot, the Bravest in the World! Kindle Edition
|Age Level: 4 - 8||Grade Level: P - 3|
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* "Readers wooed by Rot's charm in Rot: The Cutest in the World (2017) will laugh out loud at this well-paced encore—and it's not just because of the butt cracks. Clanton creates a winning dynamic, balancing Rot's earnestness, witty dialogue, and an omniscient, slightly melodramatic narrator....Clanton's reliance on earth tones makes for some clever, surprising page turns when the palette is broken.Cute and brave—gee, Rot's spud-tacular!" (Kirkus Reviews - starred review February 2020)
"Using potato prints and mixed media to great gloopy effect, Clanton portrays a pair of truly scabrous
looking tubers...Young readers will happily slip into the slop with these terrific taters."
(Booklist February 2020)
"Clanton...succeeds in a delightfully disgusting readaloud that kids with a penchant for fart jokes will love....The book uses watercolors and, appropriately, potato stamps to depict Rot and his mutant potato friends in all their unibrowed, uneven pupilled glory in the style of a Cartoon Network show. Kids with a passion for the gross and smelly will find a home in this unabashed depiction of the slimy world of mutant potatoes." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books May 2020)
"Rot the potato is a protagonist who, like many young children, is both grimy and adorable....Clanton uses colored pencils and potato stamps for the illustrations, creating spuds that are packed with personality.... Recommended for purchase. Rot and his brother may be small potatoes, but they share a heartwarming story about bravery and brotherly love." (School Library Journal May 2020)
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- File size : 18150 KB
- Publication date : June 16, 2020
- Print length : 40 pages
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- Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (June 16, 2020)
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B075RT3L2F
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #908,281 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What I’m looking forward to for this next school year is doing an author study on Ben Clanton with my 2nd grade class. Between Rot and his Narwhal and Jelly series, he has developed a distinct style and voice that would be fun for kids to analyze. I like how this book has a very similar structure on how the story progresses, but it’s still a completely different story. My recommendation is to buy it, and if you don’t have his other books, get them too!
Rot's life is great, especially when it includes mud. Nothing is better than mud—the way it squishes between the toes...fills the nose. And there's absolutely nothing ever, ever better than jumping into a big pool of mud, except when a Squirm might be lurking underneath the surface. But Rot won't give up that easily. Somehow, he has to make himself super brave. If that's possible.
I'll admit, the idea of a potato named Rot as the main character of a picture book had me wondering, but this shadow of doubt was totally unnecessary. The author builds a fun, somewhat quirky and totally wonderful world around potatoes, and in this case, their love for mud. The first pages allow the reader to even find a sense of familiarity and connect with the potatoes as they spend time together, picnic, and enjoy...well, mud. Rot continues into the adventure with a wonderful naturalness, which will have young listeners wishing they could be his friend. He's that easy to relate to, despite all of the weird differences.
As a read aloud, this book is simply fun. Not only will the illustrations catch listeners' attentions, but the tale itself is written with emotion—silly and yet, sometimes serious—mixed in. The text flows in various fonts, allowing varying voice fluctuations to slide right in. It's never boring, flows by quickly, and will have listeners laughing as well as concerned for Rot as he tries his best to overcome his fears.
And, to top it off, there are several good messages in these pages that kids can sympathize with. First, Rot does his best to not let his own fears beat him. It's not easy, but he doesn't give up. Second, there's a little bit of teasing/bullying and Rot deals with this very well. And this second one rolls right into the third, which involves sibling relationships. Anyone who has an older (or maybe younger) sibling who likes to tease them (or a neighbor...or a cousin) will instantly understand what Rot is going through and root for him until the end.
Summed up, the first appearance of this one hits quirky and odd, but it works. I can recommend this one.
I received an ARC copy and was surprised at how much we liked it.
This quirky tale is witty, hilarious, and full of heart!
Thank you to the publisher for sharing this book with our family in exchange for an honest review.