Mrs. Puffy called her newborn Hardy. She told him that Hardy means brave and she warned him about the dangers of the ocean. Because puffer fish are slow swimmers, they puff up as a defense mechanism. Mostly Hardy stayed home because he felt safe there. The sea was scary. When he did go out, he was so frightened that he puffed up like a balloon. The other reef fish laughed at him. One large fish tried to comfort him and give him hints about ways to avoid excessive puffing, but nothing worked. One day a shark visited. All the other fish hid, leaving Puffy alone. He swam into the sea grass and changed his color to green. The shark swam on by and Puffy finally felt brave. A page of facts at the beginning of the book mentions the puffer fish's ability to change colors, but Hardy's mother does not tell him about this ability in the story. The various fish exhibit human characteristics and expressions in the colorful illustrations. Fans of Sponge Bob Square Pants cartoons will find the undersea setting familiar. Intended as a beginning read alone book, suggestions for parents and caregivers are included. "Stone Arch Readers" series, Level 3. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)
Meet the Author
Cari Meister has written more than a hundred books for children, including the "Tiny" series (Penguin) and the "Meet the Monsters" series (Stone Arch Books). She has received many awards for her books. Most recently, "Airplane Adventure" (Stone Arch Books), was named to "Parents" magazine Best Books for 2010. Cari has been fascinated by the night sky ever since she can remember. Her love of space and stars led her to Space Camp when she was growing up. Today, Cari lives in the mountains of Colorado, with her husband, four boys, two horses and one dog.
Steve Harpster has loved to draw funny cartoons, mean monsters, and goofy gadgets since he was able to pick up a pencil. In first grade, he avoided writing assignments by working on the pictures for stories instead. Steve was able to land a job drawing funny pictures for books, and that's really what he's best at. Steve lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wonderful wife, Karen, and their sheepdog, Doodle.