Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish By Kate Messner! PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

28 Aug



This is a first for my blog. I have two really AWESOME giveaways now going on at the same time! I have a giveaway going on for a CARNIVORES prize-pack and now I get to give away TWO AWESOME picture books by super-author Kate Messner!  I will have details about the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

Kate Messner

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By Kate Messner

Illustrated by Andy Rash

40 pages – ages 3 – 5 years

Published by Chronicle Books on July 9, 2013

Sea Monster’s First Day

(Description from the inside jacket)

There’s a new fish in school, and he’s great! Except…

He’s not great at being a friend… yet. Being kind is a big job, but nothing’s too big for a sea monster.

After getting over his first day of school jitters in Sea Monsters First Day (published by Chronicle Books 2011), Ernest the Sea Monster finds out there is going to be a new fish in school. His mother sea monster tells him to be a good friend to the new fish and Ernest does just that… but the new fish is kind of bossy and mean. Ernest hatches a plan for everyone to be friends!

I LOVED both of the Sea Monster books! The anti-bullying message in “Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish” is great. It is told in a way very young kids can understand.  The illustrations are very cute, colorful and detailed!

Check out one of the interior pages and you’ll see what I mean.

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I like how there is some humor in the book that older kids/adults will get, like the books in the library “If You Give A Trout An Algae Treat,” “Gar in a Car,” and my favorite “Carnivores Digest”. Plus, the Bossy Fish says that at his school they sang songs by the Talking Fish Heads (just as an FYI – I LOVE THE TALKING HEADS!!!). I also like when Ernest (the sea monster) is reading a book out loud (“One Fish, Two fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”) and his audience is 1 fish, 2 fish, a red fish and a blue fish! It just shows how every detail in the book was thought out.

The best part of the book is the message though. It is great how Earnest gets everyone to play together and be friends. All in all, this is one of the best picture books I’ve read this year and I think it would make a great back to school book for young kids.

Chronicle Books also has a “Fish Friend” pledge teachers and parents can pass out to help kids understand what being a good friend is about. You can click on the image to download a copy!

Sea Monster and The Bossy Fish_Fish Friends Pledge

I also read Ms. Messner’s first book from this series – Sea Monster’s First Day and I thought it was also an excellent back to school books. Here is the book’ description taken from the inside jacket;

seamonsterfirstStarting school is a big job, and it’s an even bigger job when you’re a sea monster!

There are books to read, songs to sing, and field trips to take, but the biggest job is making good friends.

This book has another great message about fitting in and making friends on a kid’s… ER… Sea Monster’s first day of school.

I give both of these books 5 book worms, so, 5+5=10, so I need 10 book worms!



I am giving away to one lucky blog reader a copy of “Sea monster and the Bossy Fish” AND “Sea Monster’s First Day!”

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That’s right TWO books! All you have to do is comment to enter and next week on September 4th  will announce the winner! YAY!


To celebrate this blog tour, from now until September 6th, Chronicle Books if offering you 30% off plus free shipping from !!! You just need the promotion code SEAMONSTER! 😀

There are two stops left on the tour –

8/28/2013 at  Sharpread

8/29/2013 at Kate Messner’s blog (click HERE)!

38 Responses to “Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish By Kate Messner! PLUS A GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Rita Borg August 28, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    Great books and thank you for the giveaway. I surely would like to win a book !!


  2. rnewman504 August 28, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Great post! Both books sound adorable.


  3. ontheplumtree August 28, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    These DO look really lovely and useful. Sorry for my absence. My computer is back now and so am I!


  4. Elle Carter Neal August 28, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    These both sound great! My son is doing his transition sessions at the moment and he starts school next year. He’s so excited.


  5. Susan Cabael August 28, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    I had read about these books somewhere else, but only after reading your reviews do I truly WANT to read them! I teach at a school whose mascot is Sharks, so friend-themed picture books set underwater would be great for the beginning of our school year.


  6. readingwithrhythm August 28, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    These both look pretty cute! And with good messages to go along! I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for the review!


  7. Neighbor Girl (@StanleyNKatrina) August 28, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    This book looks great. I am starting school on Tuesday and I am starting to get nervous. I love funny picture books! One of my favorites is “Swim!”


  8. Kristi Valiant August 28, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    What fun looking books! I’ll have to check those out.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 28, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

      These are both two wonderful books, Ms. Valiant! And I can’t wait to get my hands on your book – Penguin Cha-Cha! Thanks for stopping by Ms. Valiant! Please come again! 😀


  9. laurimeyers August 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    I solemnly promise to be a good fish friend from now on.


  10. julie rowan zoch August 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Sweet deals here! But skip my name in the hat – I have profited here too much already! Just wanted to say hi, and wish Ms. Messner all the best!


  11. Michelle Isenhoff August 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Hee! Hee! I like the “friend fish” pledge!


  12. Genevieve Petrillo August 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Being a friend is important and FUN. My best friend is Lila. She is not bossy at all. I share my toys with her and jump on her head. …Not in a bad way….

    Love and licks,


  13. Patricia Tilton August 28, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    I like how Kate uses humor to get across her message about bossing/bullying for younger kids. Love the illustrations! Very appealing cover.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

      This is a very good book on bullying for very young kids! It is told very well! Thank you Ms. Tilton!


  14. KidLitReviews August 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Nice review. I love your giveaways. How do you manage to get so many to give way? Just who are you brown nosing at these publishers? Boy, oh boy. Maybe it is because you do such a great job with your reviews and the way you exude enthusiasm. Whatever it is–STOP! Do you know how hard it is for the rest of us to keep up with you? Well, good job kiddo. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      It’s funny but I just ask and a lot of times publishers say yes. Sometimes they say no and then I make a sad face 😦 and then they say yes. 😉 Thanks Ms. Morris!


  15. Andy Starowicz August 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Awesome post! Kate continues to amaze me with her amazing writing (middle grade, picture books, realistic fiction, mystery). Thank you for sharing!


  16. K.L. Pickett August 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    Wow! I would love to win these books. Although I teach 4th grade, my students LOVE picture books and the message is one they can never hear enough.


  17. LovableLobo August 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Great post! As a good fish friend would pledge, I promise to always say something nice about your reviews! : ) ~C.L.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

      Thank you! I hope you always find something nice to say something nice about! 🙂


  18. Darlene August 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    I would love to win these books. I know a little person who would enjoy them!


  19. Wendy Garland September 4, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I can’t wait to read these with my students!


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