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Posted September 21, 2013
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