Blobfish Throws a Party

illus. by Maggie Caton. 32p. little bee. May 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781499804225.
PreS-Gr 2—Lonely Blobfish is tired of no lights, no friends, and no treats down at the bottom of the ocean where he lives. He can think of only two ways to change that: throw a party or save the world like a hero. Choosing to throw a party, Blobfish calls out, "Deep-sea party! Bring a treat to share!" Though his request is simple, it becomes jumbled immediately. The mermaids hear something different, as do the shorebirds, and so on. Eventually everyone is partying when aliens attempt to steal Earth treats. Luckily, the strange party styles of the earthlings cause the aliens to abort their mission, and when everyone wants to know who to thank, the party announcement is traced back to Blobfish. In the end, he accomplishes his mission and becomes a hero all at the same time. In Caton's picture book illustration debut, she offers whimsical and colorful artwork that plays up the humor of Paul's perfectly plotted story.
VERDICT The text begs to be read aloud, and the humor is aimed squarely at the preschool audience, making this a great pick for storytime. Highly recommended for school and public library picture book collections.

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