Sea monster Ernest is starting his first day of school. But starting school is a big job! Fitting in when you're a sea monster is tough enough, and there's so much to learn and do—reading, singing, playing hide-and-seek with the fishermen, lunchtime in the algae patch.... This funny, charming twist on the worries and joys of starting school will reassure and delight the smallest children and the largest sea monsters alike.
Ernest, a goofy-looking green sea monster, wants to make friends at school, but he's too big for the jungle gym, is snubbed by private schools of fish ("It felt like everybody was already part of a group"), and gets teased by the largemouth (and smallmouth) bass: "Your mother's a brachiosaurus!" By heeding his mother's advice to use his imagination and maintaining a positive attitude, Ernest rides out the ups and downs of his first day. With ample aquatic puns and boisterous, mixed-media artwork, it's a splashy story about fitting in. Ages 4 8.
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This is a book that toddlers will love! The clever illustrations are hilarious, and so is the text. It's also a great first-day-of-school book!