Monday, November 6, 2017

Picture Book Review: Plankton is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske

Picture Book Month Day 6: I haven't posted a review a day for Picture Book Month but I am reading a picture-book-a-day to celebrate. I will review as many as I can!

Plankton is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske. unpgd. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., April, 2017. 9781338098969. (Review from finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

Almost exactly a year ago, I posted this review of Barnacle is Bored. It was such a surprise to open a box from Scholastic and find this companion. Regular readers of this blog know I never skip the end-pages and the front end-pages of Plankton is Pushy elicited a giggle from me and will from sharp-eyed readers who are fans of Barnacle is Bored. 

Plankton is a bit pushy when it comes to being polite. He seems to be a self-appointed polite police plankton. He greets Mr. Mussel and when he doesn't get a response tells him that he's being rude and proceeds to school Mussel, who sits impassively. Readers will chuckle over the series of increasingly hilarious panels. If you're reading this aloud, bring out your ham, especially when plankton finally resorts to begging.

The cartoon illustrations are pastel-hued and are a mixture of full-page and double-page spreads along with select smaller panels. Readers will delight when Mussel appears to get the last word on what appears to be the last page, but...Don't skip those end-pages! Plankton sure is pushy!

Plankton is Pushy is a great choice for a read aloud!

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