Author: Fenske, Jonathan
Late at night, squids creep from the ocean to the reader's house, where they leave inky doodles on the bathtub, walls, books, and more, then escape in time to avoid the blame.
Kirkus Reviews (-) (04/15/20)
School Library Journal (07/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/20)
The Hornbook (00/09/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 PreS-Gr 2—Fenske (Barnacle Is Bored) brings his oceanic humor to a tale of inky squid mischief. Shortly after midnight, when everyone's asleep, squids creep from the ocean to find a place to leave their marks since, "In water, squid art does not stay. Inky drawings drift away." The squids want to bring their art to you the reader, so they sneak into your house, leaving humorous graffiti all over the house's hallway, bathroom, kitchen, and of course, your room. They make their marks on the walls, and on your toys. The second-person narration engages readers from the outset, and with quippy rhyming pentameter, makes for a fun read-aloud that begs to be voiced in an ominous tone. With bold lines, the illustrations play with perspective and shadow, and use a minimalist palette of black, grey, and turquoise. The squids' drawings add their own oily, meta three-dimensional quality to the book. Just as dawn arrives, the last squid is shown slinking out the window, leaving "you" as culprit of the inky crimes. VERDICT Funny, doom-filled bedtime reading at its best.—Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Lib., OR - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.