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TOO MUCH SLIME! by Frances Gilbert


by Frances Gilbert ; illustrated by Vin Vogel

Pub Date: July 27th, 2021
ISBN: 978-0-593-30357-3
Publisher: Random House

What’s to be done when green slime overruns everything?

A bright green slime takes over in this slapstick picture book with strong visual appeal for readers in preschool through second grade. The vibrance of the slime and the characters who confront it pop against the black-and-white line-drawn backgrounds that evoke the style of the 1960s. As this playful book opens, a Black-presenting sibling team hears a “thwack”—or maybe a “blerb”—on the door, which also displays a small green blob smudged against the window. Against their better judgment, they open the door to the intrusive goo, which immediately takes over their living room, bathtub, and bed. It’s not long before the troublesome gunk has oozed its way into the street and down to soccer practice before barreling through a PTA meeting. As the slime takes over the school’s library, gym, and science lab, the whole diverse community steps in to help. Gilbert’s understated text doesn’t bother trying to explain the origin of the slime, instead reveling in the chaos it creates. Children will love sounding out the onomatopoeia, often rendered in an appropriately gloppy hand: “Zlerk! PHLAP! SQUERCH!” Fans of Billy Bloo Is Stuck in Goo, by Jennifer Hamburg and illustrated by Ross Burach (2017), or On Account of the Gum, by Adam Rex (2020), will enjoy this lively adventure.

Zippy, vibrant, and fun…a delightfully gooey romp for young readers.

(Picture book. 3-7)