Publisher: Balzer + Bray (May 17, 2016)
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3rd
Lexile Measure: 560
Starred Review: School Library Journal
My Goodreads Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Summary and Thoughts: If you are looking for an engaging informational read, then look no further! Jessica Olien injects humor into this book about the creatures that live in the deepest parts of the sea. The author uses a combination of photography and cartoonish artwork in this informative metafiction book.
Blobfish, who very much wants to be the main character of this book, enthusiastically interjects himself into all pages. He eagerly awaits his turn to hear about his species, only to find out that Blobfish are considered one of the ugliest creatures ever! The dispirited Blobfish gets a little help from his deep sea friends to remind him that looks are not everything and how special he is.
I read this book, along with fictional works, for a family storytime and the kids loved it! I had several children request it. I am really happy when I have the opportunity to incorporate some nonfiction works into my storytime.
Nonfiction Read-alikes (similar subject matter)
- Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals by Jess Keating
- National Geographic Kids: Weird Sea Creatures by Laura Marsh
- If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams
- Sea Turtles by Kari Schuetz
- Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins
Fiction Read-alikes (funny metafiction)
- Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka
- Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
- There Are No Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwartz
- Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to be in This Book) by Julie Falatko
- Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett
Want more information about deep sea creatures for kids? Check out this National Geographic video: