I admit that I have never heard of Night of the Moonjellies or its author Mark Shasha before finding this book in Five in a Row reading list. But after the first read of the book I could absolutely see why it was picked up for FIAR. The story is lovely, and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Smarty enjoyed it as much as I did especially since every night we played parts of this game.
For the second week in a row The Magic School Bus book was one of Smarty's favorites. The MSB On the Ocean Floor is illustrated somewhat differently than other MSB books (same illustrator Bruce Degen) and strangely has some new characters in it, but Smarty does enjoy the mix of fact and fiction in these stories. This particular book also has a lot of little notes with additional information about the ocean and its inhabitants.
I simply adore The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. What a terrific story of adventure and friendship that also rhymes really well. When I read this story to Smarty about a year ago, she didn’t connect to it as much as I expected, but this time around she loved it as much as I did. I am going to get this book for our home library!
Our opinions were somewhat split on Wow! Ocean! by Robert Neubecker. Smarty was not thrilled at first since she doesn’t care for books without a story. Each double page carries only one simple sentence, the rest of the page is filled with colorful and detailed illustrations of the ocean creatures. She did warm up to the book somewhat after she understood the pattern behind the pages, and she enjoyed playing “I spy” with this book. Younger kids might appreciate it better than she did.