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.)Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.
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, NYCopyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.