I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

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by Kevin Sherry
     
 

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When a giant squid takes inventory of all of the creatures in the ocean, he realizes that he's way bigger than most of them! Of course, there are bigger things lurking around . . . but maybe this giant squid with a giant touch of hubris doesn't really care?

First-time author-illustrator Kevin Sherry is sure to garner fans of all sizes for his

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Overview

When a giant squid takes inventory of all of the creatures in the ocean, he realizes that he's way bigger than most of them! Of course, there are bigger things lurking around . . . but maybe this giant squid with a giant touch of hubris doesn't really care?

First-time author-illustrator Kevin Sherry is sure to garner fans of all sizes for his perfect-for-preschool read-aloud with simple text, bold and delightful collage art, and a lovable squid whose spirit just cannot be crushed.

Choking Hazard - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

Jessica Bruder
Sherry's illustrations are refreshingly uncluttered, with colorful shapes rendered in watercolor, cut paper and ink, making it easy for young children to follow the story. Clever composition amplifies the squid's size: he's too big to fit in his own book. He even dwarfs a gatefold spread, which extends to reveal a parade of fish that are all, of course, smaller than he is…Sherry's story is a simple, infectious delight, with wonderful comic timing and repetition that will encourage children to chant along.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Sherry, whose nature-themed, silk-screened apparel has won plaudits from Luckymagazine and other fashion arbiters, makes a winning book debut with this story of a squid with a fondness for braggadocio. "I'm a giant squid and I'm big," announces the cartoony blue hero, whose adorable googly eyes and pointy head defuse any taint of arrogance. In quick order and punchy sentences, the squid enumerates all the species he outranks in the ocean, size-wise (each statement and its accompanying illustration gets a spread): "I'm bigger than these clams./ I'm bigger than this crab." So outsize is this squid's ego that when the food chain kicks in, and he suddenly finds himself inside the belly of a whale (along with numerous other aquatic creatures), he's only temporarily nonplussed (indicated by several wordless spreads). "I'm the biggest thing in this whale!" he proudly declares at the end. Working in collage and watercolor, Sherry renders his hero and habitat in bright colors and bold, simple shapes that will be surefire eye magnets for preschoolers (and stickers featuring the characters enhance bathtub fun). The squid's unwavering sense of confidence should strike a loud and strong chord with youngsters who believe they're the center of the universe. Ages 3-up. (May)

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Children's Literature
A big, blue giant squid is the “hero” of this tale, and, oh my, is he full of himself! Whimsical illustrations show the many ocean creatures he lords over: shrimp, clams, crab, jellyfish, sea turtles, octopus, and shark (notice how his bravado wavers here, as he keeps his distance from what looks to be a great white). Is the giant squid right? Is he at the top of the ocean food chain? Uh-oh! Along comes a huge whale, with its mouth wide open. Suddenly, the squid is inside the whale, amongst a crowd of all those lesser critters. Does this more-than-humbling experience affect the squid’s bragging? Well, his tune does change--a little: “I’m the biggest thing in this whale!” And so he is. This is a whimsical, charming book for non-readers or very young readers, who will want to read it over and over. For the teacher or parent with educational leanings, why not turn this into a learning experience, engaging the child in identifying all the things he might be larger than? What fun. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
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.) Bathtub stickers of all the creatures in the story with a warning label about choking hazards for the under-three set are included-a curious marketing decision since that seems the age of at least half the intended readership.-Susan Moorhead, New Rochelle Public Library, NY

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Kirkus Reviews
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. Each emphatic, one-line declaration captions a very simple marine scene, fashioned from watercolor and paper collage on Plexiglass (which is "pried from the windows of shipwrecked pirate ships," to quote the artist's note) and dominated by the smiling, pop-eyed, blue-skinned squid-most of whose body is well beyond the edges of the spread. The arrival of a monstrous whale does spark a sudden sea-change in scale, but even being gobbled down dims the squid's self regard only momentarily; after a quick look around, it concludes: "I'm the biggest thing in this whale!" A gatefold and a page of stickers further enhance this whale of a debut. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803731929
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/10/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
178,793
Product dimensions:
11.26(w) x 11.26(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
"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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