Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish

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Being kind is a big job, but nothing's too big for a sea monster. Not even taking on the new fish in school, who's great...except when he's pushing people around. This funny, charming twist on dealing with a bully will reassure and delight the smallest children and the biggest sea monsters alike.
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Being kind is a big job, but nothing's too big for a sea monster. Not even taking on the new fish in school, who's great...except when he's pushing people around. This funny, charming twist on dealing with a bully will reassure and delight the smallest children and the biggest sea monsters alike.
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"Young readers will relate as they settle into the new school year."-The New York Times
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—There's a new fish in Sea Monster's school, and he's boorish, bossy, and a braggart. Nevertheless, Sea Monster is kind and friendly, and gives him a tour. First up is the music room, where the choir is singing, "The eels on the bus…." Then, it's on to the cafeteria and the library, which is stocked with such titles as The World According to Carp and Make Way for Minnows. Bossy Fish is pretty much unimpressed by what he sees because his former school was way cooler. In P.E., he declares himself the slam-dunk champ, and he is much too much of a critic in art class. He gives his new classmates insulting nicknames, and he declares himself president of his Fresh Fish Club. Everyone gets shades so that they too can look cool, although he doesn't allow some "old and stodgy looking" fish to join. Sea Monster then decides to create a club devoted to doing good deeds, and everyone is welcome. Bossy Fish almost upends that as well when he decides he'd make a great president, but Sea Monster thinks quickly and appoints him the drummer of the school band. "When everybody plays,/it's way more fun./So the Friend Fish team's for everyone!" The message is nice but a little heavy-handed. The bad puns are likely to go over children's heads, and adults will groan. Nevertheless, Rash's gouache and India ink illustrations are humorous and are drawn in a fashion resembling Saturday-morning cartoons. For general or supplemental purchase.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Sea Monster's second outing finds him with his first-day resourcefulness intact (Sea Monster's First Day, 2011). When Sea Monster learns of a new student in his class, he goes out of his way to be kind to him. But instead of cowering and being shy, as Sea Monster did on his first day, the new fish is something of a braggart, always comparing (negatively) his old school with this new one. He also turns out to be quite bossy, selfish and unkind. On his second day, he starts the Fresh Fish Club (he's president, of course) for all the cool fish, passing out sunglasses for the members. Sea Monster is quite pleased with his new shades…until he sees that not everyone is wearing them. "Suddenly, my cool new shades felt heavy on my snout." He ponders a way to include everyone, and the Friend Fish club is started. The members wear buttons and do good deeds for one another. Proving his worth as a diplomat, Sea Monster kindly deflects the new fish's declaration that he'll be president, asking the newcomer to instead use his drumming talent for the good of all. The tale ends with a rhyming song about the new club and their friendly mission. Rash's artwork is a hoot, filled with humorous and hidden details (don't miss the book titles in the library). Sea Monster keeps delivering important messages in fun ways. What issue will he tackle next? (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452112534
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 786,735
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Messner
Kate Messner writes books in upstate New York. She lives with her family on Lake Champlain, home of the legendary lake monster "Champ." And yes . . . she believes.

Andy Rash is an award-winning writer and illustrator of several children's books, including Agent A to Agent Z and Are You a Horse? His illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and the New Yorker. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and son.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    Description from the inside jacket) There¿s a new fish in schoo

    Description from the inside jacket)

    There’s a new fish in school, and he’s great! Except…

    He’s not great at being a friend… yet. Being kind is a big job, but nothing’s too big for a sea monster.

    After getting over his first day of school jitters in Sea Monsters First Day (published by Chronicle Books 2011), Ernest the Sea Monster finds out there is going to be a new fish in school. His mother sea monster tells him to be a good friend to the new fish and Ernest does just that… but the new fish is kind of bossy and mean. Ernest hatches a plan for everyone to be friends!

    I LOVED both of the Sea Monster books! The anti-bullying message in “Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish” is great. It is told in a way very young kids can understand. The illustrations are very cute, colorful and detailed!
    I like how there is some humor in the book that older kids/adults will get, like the books in the library “If You Give A Trout An Algae Treat,” “Gar in a Car,” and my favorite “Carnivores Digest”. Plus, the Bossy Fish says that at his school they sang songs by the Talking Fish Heads (just as an FYI – I LOVE THE TALKING HEADS!!!). I also like when Ernest (the sea monster) is reading a book out loud (“One Fish, Two fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”) and his audience is 1 fish, 2 fish, a red fish and a blue fish! It just shows how every detail in the book was thought out.

    The best part of the book is the message though. It is great how Earnest gets everyone to play together and be friends. All in all, this is one of the best picture books I’ve read this year and I think it would make a great back to school book for young kids.
    *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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