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Author: Olien, Jessica
Introduces the Blobfish, known as the "ugliest fish in the sea," and compares it to other fish.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 182703
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/16)
School Library Journal (+) (05/01/16)
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Booklist - 04/01/2016 The creator of Shark Detective! (2015) rescues another misunderstood denizen of the deep from bad press. A chubby pink cartoon blobfish repeatedly photobombs a gallery of wonderfully eerie, close-up photographs of a toothy viperfish, a bioluminescent jellyfish, and other exotic marine fauna. He’s desperate to be included. “Look at me! Blobfish can be fancy, too!” His pleas are answered at last with a large headshot—and the devastating (true) observation that the blobfish has been voted the world’s ugliest animal. Cue weeping hysterics, until, in a handy bit of photoshopping, the photographed creatures gather round in sympathy, presenting the cartoon blobfish with a set of supportive messages (drawn in crayon on a sheet of notebook paper). Olien opens her gallery with a chart of pelagic zones and informative pages of additional facts. Readers will definitely understand why the votes on the accurately named blobfish went the way they did but may come away inclined to judge it a bit less harshly. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—A misunderstood deep-sea dweller gets its moment in the sun in this tongue-in-cheek informational picture book. The bubble-gum pink blobfish is sketched onto the pages of a nonfiction work that presents facts about and photos of the fascinating creatures that live miles beneath the ocean surface. Snappy dialogue balloons and humorously exaggerated cartoon features convey the impatient critter's mental "fin-twiddling" as it waits to hear about its own species. When the big moment arrives, delight turns to dismay as the protagonist discovers that "the blobfish was once voted the world's ugliest animal." Tears and self-doubt ensue. However, it doesn't take long for the other deep-water denizens—now embellished with expressive cartoon eyes and speech balloons of their own—to chime in with a bit of empathy and a crayoned letter of support. Additional facts about the featured animals and their environment, along with a list of web resources, are appended. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.