When I started working for Chesapeake Public Libraries, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean was one of best picture books introduced to me. Reading a bunch of Sherry’s other books was a no-brainer.
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
This tale includes the bragging of a squid who thinks he is the biggest creature in the ocean. He swims around the ocean, looking at the various creatures that cannot compare to his size. Each creature is cute in its own way, but even more interesting in that is that all these cute, animated characters also have a bit of realism to them. The book makes good use of fold out pages and spacing. It is the main character/squid, however, that brings readers in. If you know anything about the ocean, you know that squids are not the biggest creatures that live in it. Even so, that is not enough to damper the squid’s spirit…
I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
The giant squid from I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean returns for another story where he talks about himself, only this time he boasts about his artistic abilities instead of his size, and wears a beret and a mustache. He paints around the ocean, which involves splashing innocent bystanders in the process. He has varied drawing abilities. Sometimes he draws like Kevin Sherry, other times he draws very realistically, or very abstractly. I, at one point in the story, began to wonder if the author was hilariously using the squid as a way to brag about his own artistic ability. This book departs from its prequel in one way…the creatures surrounding the squid in the ocean bond together over his bad behavior. Expect some delightful returns from familiar characters in this worthy sequel to the squid’s first tale.
I’m the Scariest Thing in the Castle by Kevin Sherry
The self-proclaimed scariest thing in the castle is funny looking, rather than scary. Just try telling him that. He will argue with you. There are many scary things in this castle: spiders, skeletons, mummies, ghosts, witches and werewolves. The bat goes around the castle pestering the other scary creatures, and claims that confirms his terrifying status. Like other Kevin Sherry books, the story contains the words of a boastful creature. Does this bat get proven wrong? Read the story to find out! The art is simple and suitable for a board book design. There is an interesting design when the lights go out during the story. Out of the Kevin Sherry boastful animal books, this has the biggest surprise ending. For that reason, I consider it the funniest one.