Plankton Is Pushy

Plankton Is Pushy
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April 25, 2017
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In this funny, underwater picture book, Plankton says hello to Mussel, but Mussel doesn't say anything back. Plankton tries everything to get quiet Mussel to talk. In fact, Plankton gets VERY pushy about it! Will Mussel ever open his mouth? Kids will relate to Plankton's frustration with Mussel, and they will be anxious to see what happens when Mussel finally does open his mouth... Geisel Award Honoree Jonathan Fenske delivers a laugh-out-loud ocean story, and this is the perfect follow-up to Barnacle is Bored.

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Plankton Learns A Lesson
(Updated: July 30, 2017)
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A quick and comical read, rife with sarcasm.

A particular plankton is used to eliciting a response from every sea creature it encounters. So when a mulish muscle refuses to respond to its greeting, the plankton can’t just let it go. First the plankton gets louder. Then it tries persistence. When that doesn’t pay off, it progresses to impatient prompting. And then begging, followed by condescension. In the end, Plankton receives a snappish lesson in social graces.

The book’s artwork is vivid, cartoonish, and playful—full of demonstrative poses and expressions on simple near-pastel backgrounds that will clearly convey emotion to even the youngest range of readers. The font is large and sparsely spaced out, making it more ideal for the earliest readers, but with a “biting” humor older kids may better grasp.

Unfortunately, the copy I received for review was unbound. So I can’t comment about the quality of its cover. Also unfortunately, my daughter dropped the book before we had a chance to open it, and much time was spent trying to sort out the loose pages into the right order (which I’m still not entirely sure we accomplished.)

All in all, a potential visual training aid for kids who have trouble knowing when to leave well enough alone. Painlessly humorous for parents!
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