I'm the Biggest Thingin the Ocean

Kevin Sherry, Author . Dial $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-3192-9

Sherry, whose nature-themed, silk-screened apparel has won plaudits from Lucky magazine 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)

Reviewed on: 04/02/2007
Release date: 05/01/2007
Board Books - 28 pages - 978-0-8037-3529-3
Hardcover - 36 pages - 978-7-5442-5432-8
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-1-85714-380-5
Hardcover - 34 pages - 978-7-5133-1403-9
Hardcover - 34 pages - 978-89-7288-942-7
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