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Author: Stein, David Ezra
Ice Boy listens when his parents tell him that being chosen to cool someone's drink or be a cold compress is the best thing that can happen to an ice cube. But Ice Boy wants more. So even though his parents tell him never to go outside, and even though his doctor tells him never to go in the sun, Ice Boy decides to head for the beach, where he rolls right into the water. But suddenly his edges begin to blur.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 195325
Kirkus Reviews (-) (02/15/17)
School Library Journal (05/01/17)
The Hornbook (00/05/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2017 An energetic ice cube, Ice Boy, is reluctant to end up “chosen” like other cubes in his home, the freezer. Some cubes end up in drinks, others in cold compresses, but Ice Boy is far more adventurous. Even though he’s been warned to stay in the freezer and out of the sun, he defies both warnings, making his way to a beach, where he dives right into the surf. Before he knows it, he becomes Water Boy, but washing back up on the beach, where it’s hot, quickly turns him into Vapor Boy, and he wafts up into the clouds. In the clouds, he turns back into Water Boy, but a summer thunderstorm turns him right back into Ice Boy in the form of hail. Stein’s offbeat, animated story makes lively work of the water cycle with cartoonish, doodlelike illustrations of the adventurous ice cube set against aqueous backgrounds, and speech balloons from Ice Boy and his friends add humorous running commentary. A comical caper with a stealthy dose of basic science concepts. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—Ice Boy lives in the freezer with his ice cube community and family. With plenty of dark humor, the story's narrator sets up the main conflict: "Once in a while, someone was taken. Usually for a person's drink. To be chosen was the best thing that could happen to an ice cube. At least that's what Ice Boy's parents said." Ice Boy refuses to surrender passively to this unknown fate and instead decides to make his own way. He ignores all warnings, leaves the freezer, and travels to a sunny beach. From here Ice Boy embarks on a wild and dramatic journey through the water cycle. High-energy linework throughout the pale, icy colors of the spot art and full-page spreads create a fast pace and plenty of exaggerated humor that works well with the comical text. Speech bubbles in the art bring more personality to the characters and help to distinguish Ice Boy within the stages of the cycle as he shifts to Water Boy ("Aaah! Tastes salty!") and Vapor Boy ("Look what I did!") until a storm turns him into a piece of hail and he is Ice Boy again. Coming full circle, Ice Boy falls from the sky right into a drink, where his parents are bobbing about. The drink is tossed out on the ground, and while the ice family wonder what adventures await, budding scientists will likely have some ideas. VERDICT Funny and entertaining, this book starring an independent ice cube is a truly enjoyable tour through the water cycle that offers insights into the dynamics of life in the freezer.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.