I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean!

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The squid that charmed a nation is back . . . and he's making a big mess!

Not only is this irrepressible squid the biggest thing ever, he's also the best artist in the entire ocean. He squirts ink, for goodness? sakes, and there aren't many animals in the ocean who can do that! This squid is making a masterpiece that is sure to wow his fellow fish. But perhaps they aren't as pleased as he would think?

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Overview

The squid that charmed a nation is back . . . and he's making a big mess!

Not only is this irrepressible squid the biggest thing ever, he's also the best artist in the entire ocean. He squirts ink, for goodness? sakes, and there aren't many animals in the ocean who can do that! This squid is making a masterpiece that is sure to wow his fellow fish. But perhaps they aren't as pleased as he would think?

The giant squid that garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus for his larger-than-life performance in I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean is sure to delight fans with this lively and fresh follow-up that includes a double gatefold spread featuring the squid's impressive artwork!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Sherry's (I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean) giant squid with the outsize ego is back, this time asserting his peerless artistic talents. Having shown his skill at drawing both abstractly and from life, the squid declares, "I'm making my masterpiece!" The book itself, however, packs less of a punch. Although the character's manic eyes, cavernous smile and irrepressible self-esteem still exude plenty of charisma (especially after he paints himself a mustache midway through), there's no compelling narrative arc or antagonist this time out; each spread is just another chance for the squid to show something else he can draw or another style he can adopt. When a double-gatefold reveals that the "canvas" for the squid's masterpiece-or, as he calls it, his "mess-terpiece"-is the whale from Biggest Thing, it's a nice joke, but probably not a big enough one to bring down the house. Ages 3-5. (June)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- The blue giant squid introduced in I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean (Dial, 2007) returns to challenge the art world. Drawing readers underwater for simple demonstrations of artistic skill, the creature happily splashes his ink across page after page of a watercolor-washed sea world. "I can draw ANYTHING!" he shouts to all listening ears. Changing expression with the smallest alterations in his bulbous eyes, the enormous squid has a childlike enthusiasm that encourages youngsters to follow him past doodling efforts and an exhibition of his artistic flair. He's unstoppable by fish or shark, and turns a whale into a canvas for a four-page foldout of Picasso-inspired art. There's no deep plot here. A mildly threatening shark from cut paper contrasted by angry and ink-bedaubed clownfish provides all the drama, with a lush background of purples and blues in an ocean palette. A pleasing additional purchase.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

Kirkus Reviews
Exuberance undiminished (and miraculously out of the whale that ate him in his last adventure), the squid who proclaimed I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean! (2007) returns with equally high-volume claims to artistic preeminence: "I can DRAW!!" Brushing depictions of sea life modeled in simple lines or complex, in styles ranging from naturalistic to cubist, the bright blue, multiple-brush-wielding mollusk daubs paint liberally, splashing two very cross-looking clownfish and giving himself a nattily artsy ink moustache. He pauses but a moment when a page-filling, snaggle-toothed shark bellows "STOP! / You are making a mess!" "You mean . . . / a MESS-terpiece!" Capped by a double gatefold on which a whale of epic size models a Picasso-esque nautical mural drawn (claims Sherry) in fresh squid ink, this new outing should, like its predecessor, excite enthusiastic responses from young audiences-though the formula may not last much longer. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803732551
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/12/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 453,857
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.12 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Sherry lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Highly Recommended! Check this out!

    I read this to my kindergartners. I tied it to a unit on squids and art. They absolutely loved it. The illustrations and words are perfectly done.

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