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Booklist - 03/15/2020 Having demonstrated the aesthetic value of being gross and funky in Rot, the Cutest in the World! (2017), moldy, mud-loving potato Rot faces a new challenge when big brother Snot warns him away from “the most magnificent, massive, and messy mud pit EVER” with a description of the ever-hungry Squirm that may well be lurking within. Being now “one petrified potato,” can Rot summon the courage to jump in? How about if he dresses as a superhero. . . knight . . . pig? (“Now that is a good mash-up!”) Good enough to allow Rot to screw his courage to the sticking place and—discover that he’s been the victim of a prank. Oho, time to turn the tables! Using potato prints and mixed media to great gloopy effect, Clanton portrays a pair of truly scabrous-looking tubers with cartoon features and leaves the pair, differences forgotten, mucking delightedly about: “Mud between our toes! / Mud in our noses! / Mud is GREAT / wherever it goeses!” Young readers will happily slip into the slop with these terrific taters. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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School Library Journal - 05/01/2020 PreS-Gr 2—Rot the potato is a protagonist who, like many young children, is both grimy and adorable. He and his mutant potato pals eat mud, play with mud, and sleep in mud. However, when Rot finds the messiest mud pit he's ever seen, his brother, Snot, teases him with a rumor about a scary monster that lives in the mud: the squirm. Rot channels his bravery by putting on a heroic costume before he ventures into the mud. Clanton uses colored pencils and potato stamps for the illustrations, creating spuds that are packed with personality. The book's narration is in monospace font while the humorous dialogue looks handwritten inside of colorful word bubbles. The smart mix of text types makes the story easy to follow; challenging vocabulary words like magnificent and slippery stand out in a larger font. By the end of the story, Rot turns the tables on Snot with a good-natured and funny prank. VERDICT Recommended for purchase. Rot and his brother may be small potatoes, but they share a heartwarming story about bravery and brotherly love.—Chance Lee Joyner, Haverhill Public Library, MA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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