Shorty & Clem

Shorty & Clem
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
April 25, 2017
ISBN
978-0062421586
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The creator of the award-winning app Scruffy Kitty, Michael Slack, brings young readers a fresh, dynamic duo: an energetic dinosaur and a cranky but loving bird who both pack lots of silly noises and fuzzy surprises in this vibrantly illustrated friendship story.

Meet Shorty & Clem! Shorty is a really short dinosaur. A shortysaurus, to be exact. Clem is a blue quail. A quail is some kind of bird.

While Clem is out, a package arrives at the door with his name on it. Shorty gets super excited and finds the box irresistible. What’s inside? A race car…trampoline…bongos…monkeys? He REALLY wants to open it but, he knows that it’s Clem’s. Should he open the box? Of course not! Instead, he jumps on it like a trampoline—THUMP!—and bangs on it like a drum—BOOM BADA BOOM!—until he finally opens it. That’s when Clem comes home. Shorty is sure he’s done something terrible, but Clem proves to him that best friends are the best surprises of all!

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A Fun, Emotional Rollercoaster
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
'Shorty & Clem,' written and illustrated by Michael Slack, is an adorable story about two best friends. The plot is simple, but very sweet. Clem, a cute little quail, goes out for a while, leaving Shorty, a very short dinosaur, otherwise known as a shortysaurus, all alone. Shorty, despite meaning well, has an altogether too curious personality. So, when a package arrives, he jumps out of his skin, wondering just what it might be that has arrived. His imagination wanders and he gets super excited about opening up his package. That is until he realizes that the package is in fact not for him - it's for Clem.

This turn of events only serves to pique Shorty's curiosity, and for every thought he has about what could be inside, he tries to tell himself that the package is not his and he must stop thinking about it. This hardly works, as Shorty finds himself messing with the package in a variety of ways. When it accidentally opens, Shorty is very upset with himself, despite all of the attention he paid to it to try to find out what was inside. He worries about what Clem's reaction will be. When Clem returns, the turn of events is not necessarily what anyone would expect, and shows how friendship can win out despite worry and bad feelings that may occur in the interim.

Michael Slack has crafted a story that combines friendship, wonderment, worry, forgiveness, and an emotional rollercoaster for Shorty as he navigates trying to figure out how to handle this package that has arrived. Young kids and their parents will love sharing their storytelling time with this cute and thoughtful tale that will have them smiling and laughing along.
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Young kids and their parents will love sharing their storytelling time with this cute and thoughtful tale that will have them smiling and laughing along.
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