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Author: Stacy A. Nyikos

Illustrator: Shawn Sisneros

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Publisher: Stonehorse Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: What do you do if you're a squid and you can't go outside to play? For Squirt, the answer was watching his holoclam TV and becoming a TV hero. That is, until the TV was gone, too, and all that remained was inky darkness. Luckily, Mom could save the day. This is a picture book with a great lesson about turning off that television.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with child 3½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: We tried reading this several times, but it never caught on at night. Our preschooler has moved it into her playroom and has picked it up periodically to read to her (stuffed) friends.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is sweet. Our preschooler is obsessed with the Aquarium in Baltimore, and we thought this would be a great extension of all that she's learned there, particularly with the squid facts at the back of the book.

Pros: The pictures are fun, Squirt is cute (especially when he's mad), and the rhyming text make quick work of what on first glance looks like a wordy book.

Cons: None, really.

Borrow or Buy: This could go either way. The story is great, and Squirt may be just the character your child needs to see how much fun PLAYING can be.


Educational Themes: The story offers a fun way to remind parents and encourage children to USE their imagination, not let TV dictate it!

Notes: Featured Picture Book, Oklahoma Aquarium, 2005-2006

Literary Categories: Fiction - nature, animal characters, problem solving

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2005

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