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 Agatha May and the angler fish
 Author: Morrison, Nora

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 22 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 659838 ISBN: 9780593324752
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Imagination -- Fiction
 Anglerfishes -- Fiction
 School stories
 Stories in rhyme

Price: $22.08

Summary:
When a daydream-prone student is allowed to research her favorite creature, the anglerfish, she dazzles her classmates and teacher with her report.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Foley, Jessie Ann
 Illustrator: Song, Mika

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (10/01/22)
   School Library Journal (+) (09/01/22)
   Booklist (+) (11/01/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2022 PreS-Gr 3—From the childlike doodles on the endpapers to the lyrical story itself, this book is a gem in so many ways. Agatha May is a hot mess in school. Mrs. Marino is on her all the time, and poor Agatha May is always fending off criticism. Then an assignment changes everything. Taking the stage, Agatha May shows them what she has researched, and, because her focus is completely on task, her classmates hang on every gross, odd word. Every single detail will also captivate readers. Agatha May is just like every one of the children who will read this book and who will recognize their classmates or themselves in the characters. The rhyme is engaging, the art is beautifully rendered, and the story is one that plays out in schools every day. In the end, Agatha May gets her time in the spotlight and an admission from her teacher that she recognizes her talent and wants her to succeed. The information on the Angler fish is correct, and the back matter offers even more. VERDICT This is a perfect fit for libraries, and a must buy for elementary schools. It is a lively read aloud and captures life in a classroom in a fun way.—Joan Kindig - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

School Library Journal - 09/01/2022 PreS-Gr 3—From the childlike doodles on the endpapers to the lyrical story itself, this book is a gem in so many ways. Agatha May is a hot mess in school. Mrs. Marino is on her all the time, and poor Agatha May is always fending off criticism. Then an assignment changes everything. Taking the stage, Agatha May shows them what she has researched, and, because her focus is completely on task, her classmates hang on every gross, odd word. Every single detail will also captivate readers. Agatha May is just like every one of the children who will read this book and who will recognize their classmates or themselves in the characters. The rhyme is engaging, the art is beautifully rendered, and the story is one that plays out in schools every day. In the end, Agatha May gets her time in the spotlight and an admission from her teacher that she recognizes her talent and wants her to succeed. The information on the Angler fish is correct, and the back matter offers even more. VERDICT This is a perfect fit for libraries, and a must buy for elementary schools. It is a lively read aloud and captures life in a classroom in a fun way.—Joan Kindig - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

School Library Journal - 09/01/2022 PreS-Gr 3—From the childlike doodles on the endpapers to the lyrical story itself, this book is a gem in so many ways. Agatha May is a hot mess in school. Mrs. Marino is on her all the time, and poor Agatha May is always fending off criticism. Then an assignment changes everything. Taking the stage, Agatha May shows them what she has researched, and, because her focus is completely on task, her classmates hang on every gross, odd word. Every single detail will also captivate readers. Agatha May is just like every one of the children who will read this book and who will recognize their classmates or themselves in the characters. The rhyme is engaging, the art is beautifully rendered, and the story is one that plays out in schools every day. In the end, Agatha May gets her time in the spotlight and an admission from her teacher that she recognizes her talent and wants her to succeed. The information on the Angler fish is correct, and the back matter offers even more. VERDICT This is a perfect fit for libraries, and a must buy for elementary schools. It is a lively read aloud and captures life in a classroom in a fun way.—Joan Kindig - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 11/01/2022 *Starred Review* Agatha May might not be the most attentive student in science class (“She was tardy and dreamy, her interests were odd, / her fingers were charcoaled, her breath smelled like cod!”), but the inspired oral report she delivers on the bioluminescent deep-sea anglerfish leaves her classmates positively electrified: “'This fish is amazing!' / 'This fish is horrific!' / 'This fish is astounding!' / 'This fish is terrific!'” Agatha’s facts (“It swallows prey whole! / It has teeth sharp as pins!”), paired with generous quantities of additional ones supplied at the end, will elicit the same reactions from readers and well justify her teacher’s praise—“Your desk is a mess, / and your cubby a fright, / but your mind is a treasure, / it pulsates with light”—and the kindling of pelagic dreams in the “sea of her heart.” To capture the drama of the performance, Song pairs sketchy drawings of an appropriately toothy undersea terror floating next to somewhat more finished images of its untidy but charismatic champion. A buoyant depiction of a memorable, and possibly life-changing, classroom moment. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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