Sea Monkey & Bob
Sea Monkey & Bob
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Annotation: A sea monkey who is afraid of sinking and a pufferfish afraid of floating to the surface conquer their fears by sticking together.
Catalog Number: #139427
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Ohi, Debbie Ridpath,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-481-40676-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-481-40676-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016020686
Dimensions: 24 x 32 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Sea Monkey is terrified of sinking to the dark bottom of the ocean, and he obsesses about it to his friend Bob, a puffer fish. Bob tries to reassure him, but Sea Monkey has several convincing examples of things that sink (anchors, rocks, tubas, dinosaurs). Then the roles reverse: Bob realizes that things like blimps, feathers, and tennis balls all float, and he becomes worried that he is going to bob to the surface, where there is scary air. Fortunately, the pair realize that if they intertwine Sea Monkey's tail with Bob's fin, they can remain steady. Like Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie books, the text consists entirely of the back-and-forth remarks between the two friends. Full-page digital illustrations showcase humorous background characters: a stadium full of sea creatures watch a floating blimp, and tourist fish in Hawaiian shirts pose for photos with a sunken anchor. Just the right amount of silliness enhances the tale of the already comical, bow tie wearing, google-eyed Sea Monkey and the bright yellow, puffed-out Bob.
Kirkus Reviews
Sea Monkey (a dapper, bow-tied brine shrimp) and Bob (a green-speckled puffer fish) both face a worrisome underwater plight—density.Surrounded by blue water and colorful corals, Sea Monkey is very concerned. What if his tiny but heavier-than-it-looks frame sinks to the bottom of the ocean? It is dark and scary down there. Bob thinks the idea is absurd, but Sea Monkey's logical list of heavy items such as anchors, tubas, rocks—even dinosaurs—changes his mind. ("You have never seen a dinosaur," admonishes Bob. "That is true. But I'm pretty sure they sink," Sea Monkey fires back.) But now Bob is worried. What if his very light frame floats to the top? There is air up there! He begins to list items that float, and terror seizes both oceanic creatures. But just as their worst fears begin to come true ("It is happening! I think I am floating, Sea Monkey!"), a clever solution stops them in their tracks. Sea Monkey and Bob's wry, deadpan riffs match Ohi's humorous digital asides. The text is told entirely in color-coded dialogue, Sea Monkey's lines printed in pink-outlined white letters and Bob's in green-outlined yellow. The ending feels slapdash given the relaxed pacing of the pair's banter to that point, but readers' funny bones won't mind. A barrel of giggles, exaltation of friendship, and slight science to boot. (Picture book. 4-8)
Publishers Weekly
Ohi-s (Where Are My Books?) puckish cartoons and Reynolds-s (President Squid) fine comic timing light up this story about how friends help each other. Sea Monkey is scared that he-s going to sink to the bottom of the ocean; his friend Bob, a pufferfish, is worried that he will float to the top. Their anxious remarks drift next to them in the water as each friend tries to persuade the other that these outcomes are unlikely. Their genteel debate (-You are making some really good points here-) and dorky, contraction-free diction are funny no matter what they-re saying. -It is happening!- Bob groans. -I think I am floating, Sea Monkey!- -I think I am sinking!- yells Sea Monkey in return. Their solution-they discover that if they hold onto each other tightly, they won-t sink or float-is so sweet and sappy that Ohi paints a passing fish giving them some serious side eye. Young readers and listeners won-t, though: they-ll smile. Ages 4-8. Author-s agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. Illustrator-s agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (Apr.)

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Word Count: 364
Reading Level: 1.5
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 189425 / grade: Lower Grades

Two delightfully anxious friends learn that they can overcome anything—even gravity—in this humorous and heartwarming picture book from bestselling author Aaron Reynolds and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi.

Bob the puffer fish and his best buddy Sea Monkey may be little but they’ve got one ocean-sized problem. Sea Monkey’s terrified he’ll sink straight to the bottom of the ocean. After all, he’s heavy, and all heavy things sink, right? Bob on the other hand is worried that his puffed up frame will float up above the surface. He’s light, and all light things float! How will they stay together when the forces of gravity are literally trying to pull them apart? By holding hands, of course! Sea Monkey and Bob learn that sometimes the only way to overcome your fears is to just keep holding on…

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