Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter?: Amazing Sea Creature Facts
by Corinne Demas & Artemis Roehrig (text) & illus. by Ellen Shi
Persnickety. Apr. 2020. 36p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781943978441.
PreS-Gr 3–Playful questions are proposed for a series of sea creatures, focusing on wordplay, and then followed by a contrasting fact. Illustrations feature animals in a silly scenario (“Do trumpet fish play in marching bands?”) followed by depictions of the animals in their natural environment. Although the science content is interesting for readers up to grade three, the brief text and soft, colorful drawings make this title better suited for younger readers. The repeated pattern of a silly question followed by a reliable “No!” and succinct, easily digestible information would be ideal for reading out loud in a storytime or classroom setting. The “What’s in the Sea” section at the end of the book features more detailed information and a photograph of each of the animals mentioned in the text. A glossary, further reading list, and resources are all missing.
VERDICT This whimsical look at sea creatures is a light but charming science read-aloud for younger kids.
Reviewed by Savannah Kitchens, Parnell Memorial Library, Montevallo, AL , Feb 01, 2020