The sea monster lives down at the bottom of the ocean, but one day he sits among the rocks on the shore and watches a boy and his dog playing in the rock pools. Suddenly, the current carries the boy's toy boat out among the waves, and when he tries to reach it the boy is swept far out to sea. An old fisherman tries to rescue him and receives help from an unexpected quarter.
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Chris Wormell was the winner of the Ragazza Prize at Bologna in 1991. His book Two Frogs was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and was awarded the Nestlé Smarties Book Bronze Medal Prize for Ages 5 and under.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3–A tale in which a boy loses his toy boat at the ocean, tries to recover it, and is pulled out to sea by the current. A watchful sea monster saves him by pretending to be a rock and giving him a safe place to wait for help. In the opening paragraph, readers are introduced to the suitably monsterish, green-eyed creature: Barnacles and limpets clung to his scaly skin and seaweed grew from every wrinkle. Children will be able to discern the creatures loneliness, and they will wonder why it is called a monster after learning that it is a kindhearted and likable soul. They will enjoy the simple story, but be especially captivated by the pictures of the chameleonlike figure hiding among the rocks. Wormells rich watercolors capture the dark and menacing nature of the sea, and one can almost taste the salt air. With its rich visuals and suspenseful, satisfying plot, the book works most favorably as a read-aloud.–Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada
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Book Description Red Fox, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099451476
Book Description Red Fox, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099451476