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 Rot, the cutest in the world! (Rot)
 Author: Clanton, Ben

 Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 215955 ISBN: 9781481467629
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Personal appearance -- Fiction
 Contests -- Fiction
 Self-esteem -- Fiction
 Potatoes -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $22.58

Rot, a mutant potato, enters a "Cutest in the World" contest but worries when he sees his competition.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 194165
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.10
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 76848

   Kirkus Reviews (09/15/17)
   School Library Journal (11/01/17)
   Booklist (11/01/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—Rot is a mutant potato with sparse hair, unibrow, nubby teeth, and asymmetrical eyes. And, like most mutant potatoes, he likes eating, games, and contests of all sorts. So when Rot sees a sign for the Cutest in the World contest, he immediately enters. His opponents are an adorable baby bunny, a cuddly kitten, and a jolly, pink jellyfish. They are less than supportive of Rot's chances of winning. In fact, they are downright unpleasant. After deciding not to eat them because that would be mean and probably cause indigestion, Rot attempts to enhance his cuteness by adopting bunny ears, whiskers, and becoming pink and jolly. None of this makes Rot feel any cuter so he just decides to be himself. In a twist, Rot wins the contest, which is judged by what appear to be a mutant banana, apple, and pear. Clanton's use of speech and thought bubbles, dynamic text placement, varying font styles and sizes, ample white space, and great facial expression all make for a fun (and fun to read) tale of self-acceptance. VERDICT An entertaining and irreverent take on self-confidence; a strong choice for large collections.—Catherine Callegari, Reston Regional Library, VA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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