Sunday, June 7, 2015

Squid Kid the Magnificent by Lynne Berry -- ADVISABLE

Berry, Lynne Squid Kid the Magnificent, illustrated by Luke LaMarca. PICTURE BOOK. Disney-Hyperion, 2015. $16.99. Content: G.

Oliver is not just any squid; in his own mind he is Squid Kid the Magnificent, a fabulous magician who can do one-of-a-kind tricks. His sister is not so impressed, though, and reveals the secret behind all of his so-called magic. For example, every squid can disappear into a cloud of ink, not just Oliver. And cuttlefish change colors all the time, not just after Oliver's magic routine. Lucky for Oliver he's got a few more tricks up his...tentacles.

This is such a fun book. Oliver and Stella's banter is very true-to-life, and Stella's snooty fact-giving gives actual details about ocean creatures in an entertaining way. Many children will also relate to the difficulties of trying to impress an older sibling. The large, colorful illustrations make a perfect accompaniment to this energetic story.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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