Sea Monster’s second outing finds him with his first-day resourcefulness intact (Sea Monster’s First Day, 2011).
When Sea Monster learns of a new student in his class, he goes out of his way to be kind to him. But instead of cowering and being shy, as Sea Monster did on his first day, the new fish is something of a braggart, always comparing (negatively) his old school with this new one. He also turns out to be quite bossy, selfish and unkind. On his second day, he starts the Fresh Fish Club (he’s president, of course) for all the cool fish, passing out sunglasses for the members. Sea Monster is quite pleased with his new shades…until he sees that not everyone is wearing them. “Suddenly, my cool new shades felt heavy on my snout.” He ponders a way to include everyone, and the Friend Fish club is started. The members wear buttons and do good deeds for one another. Proving his worth as a diplomat, Sea Monster kindly deflects the new fish’s declaration that he’ll be president, asking the newcomer to instead use his drumming talent for the good of all. The tale ends with a rhyming song about the new club and their friendly mission. Rash’s artwork is a hoot, filled with humorous and hidden details (don’t miss the book titles in the library).
Sea Monster keeps delivering important messages in fun ways. What issue will he tackle next? (Picture book. 4-7)