Sea Monkey & Bob

by Aaron Reynolds (Author) Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Illustrator)

Sea Monkey & Bob
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Two delightfully anxious friends learn that they can overcome anything--even gravity--in this humorous and heartwarming picture book from bestselling author Aaron Reynolds and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi.

Bob the puffer fish and his best buddy Sea Monkey may be little but they've got one ocean-sized problem. Sea Monkey's terrified he'll sink straight to the bottom of the ocean. After all, he's heavy, and all heavy things sink, right? Bob on the other hand is worried that his puffed up frame will float up above the surface. He's light, and all light things float! How will they stay together when the forces of gravity are literally trying to pull them apart? By holding hands, of course! Sea Monkey and Bob learn that sometimes the only way to overcome your fears is to just keep holding on...

Publishers Weekly

Ohi's (Where Are My Books?) puckish cartoons and Reynolds's (President Squid) fine comic timing light up this story about how friends help each other. Sea Monkey is scared that he's going to sink to the bottom of the ocean; his friend Bob, a pufferfish, is worried that he will float to the top. Their anxious remarks drift next to them in the water as each friend tries to persuade the other that these outcomes are unlikely. Their genteel debate ("You are making some really good points here") and dorky, contraction-free diction are funny no matter what they're saying. "It is happening!" Bob groans. "I think I am floating, Sea Monkey!" "I think I am sinking!" yells Sea Monkey in return. Their solution--they discover that if they hold onto each other tightly, they won't sink or float--is so sweet and sappy that Ohi paints a passing fish giving them some serious side eye. Young readers and listeners won't, though: they'll smile. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. Illustrator's agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--Sea Monkey is afraid he will sink to the bottom of the ocean, and Bob the puffer fish worries that he will float right up to the surface. Their solution? Hold on to each other and never let go. This is a humorous story of friendship and a great way to introduce the concept of buoyancy in a classroom. There are so many extension ideas here, such as a sink or float lesson. Bright illustrations will keep children's attention, though the dialogue-only text could cause confusion without the benefit of a good storyteller using tone and inflection. VERDICT A fun addition to any library and especially as part of a science lesson.--Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY

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Review quotes

"A barrel of giggles, exaltation of friendship, and slight science to boot."—Kirkus Reviews "February 15, 2017 "
Aaron Reynolds
Aaron Reynolds is not a caveman, but he was very scrawny as a kid and can totally relate to Caveboy Dave. These days he's all grown up and spends his time writing bestselling and critically acclaimed books and graphic novels for kids, including Nerdy Birdy, President Squid, and the Caldecott Honor Medalist Creepy Carrots! He lives in Chicago but regularly tours the country visiting schools and libraries. Visit Aaron at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date
April 20, 2017
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002100 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Fishes
Library of Congress categories
Puffers (Fish)

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