I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
by Kevin Sherry
Reviewed by Kelly Herold
This is my favorite picture book of the year so far. Why? Well, it's bold, funny, bright and it teaches (indirectly) a very important message: No matter how big, or smart, or great you are, there's always someone bigger, smarter, or greater than you.
Fortunately, Sherry conveys this anti-message with humor and visual brilliance. Our hero is a squid. On the first page, he announces, "I'm a GIANT squid and I'm BIG." He continues to compare himself to sea life he encounters--shrimp, clams, turtles, and fish among them.
As we all know, however, bragging can get you into trouble. And squid finds himself in
a bit of a pickle when swallowed by the actual biggest thing in the ocean. Ever optimistic, however, squid glances at his fellow travelers and announces, "I'm the biggest thing in this Whale!"
Sherry's squid is irrepressible and you can't help cheering for him, even at the end. Sherry's illustrations will thrill the young reader with their rich shades of blue and variety of sea life. I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean is best suited for children ages two to seven. Don't miss this one.