Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish #backtoschool #giveaway

by NancyT


5 Minutes for Books staff reviewer Nancy received copies of the books to facilitate her review. As always, our writer’s opinions are her own.


Author, former teacher and mom Kate Messner has battled the back-to-school blues from all sides – and won (read more from Kate at her guest post at 5 Minutes for Books).

Her picture books Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish and Sea Monster’s First Day help students, parents and teachers address some of the fears and challenges that come at the end of summer and the beginning of the school year.

In Sea Monster’s First Day, Ernest navigates through his first day at a new school, where other fish shun him because of his size.  He comes up with a creative way to use his size to his advantage and the other fish decide he’s not so bad.

In the newest book, Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish, there’s a new fish at school and Ernest wants to make him feel comfortable. But it doesn’t take long for Ernest to realize this new fish is a little bossy, doing anything for a laugh. When the new fish forms a club that excludes some of their classmates, Ernest again finds a way for all of the fish to be included in the club.

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With vibrant illustrations created by Andy Rash, the Sea Monster books provide fun twists on back-to-school challenges. I love the dialog bubbles that add dimension to the stories, and there are a few fish puns thrown in that add to the fun.  Kids will love the drawings and pick up on the “be nice to others” theme. You can download the Fish Friends Pledge certificate if you’d like to help your kids commit to be good friends.

Read Kate Messner’s guest post over at 5 Minutes for Books to read more about how parents can use books as springboards.

This week Chronicle Books is offering a special discount to get 30% off + free shipping at, just enter this promotion code: SEAMONSTER. Offer ends September 6, 2013

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Chronicle Books is providing a copy of both Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish and Sea Monster’s First Day, plus a classroom poster of the “Fish Friends Pledge.”

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anne August 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I haven’t as yet but would consider it.


2 amyc August 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I haven’t yet because my daughter hasn’t started school yet. This sounds like a good way to discuss it with her.


3 chelsea August 25, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Yes! That’s one of my favorite ways to communicate sensitive things to my kids


4 Janet W. August 26, 2013 at 5:11 am

I’ve read sharing books to my young grandsons!


5 happymomc August 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm

No, I have not yet


6 Robin Wilson August 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I have used the Bible


7 Charlene S August 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

I have not, but I would.


8 Heather August 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm

yes, book are a great way to introduce hard, sensitive subjects with kids.


9 Barbara Platt August 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm

yes, it makes it easier to explain it to them


10 Patricia August 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I haven’t but I think it is a wonderful idea!


11 michelle b. August 28, 2013 at 5:05 am

No I just usually talk straight forward to them


12 chana August 28, 2013 at 5:52 am

yes books are great for that


13 nikki August 28, 2013 at 8:10 am

Yes, we use books for a lot of topics, they are great for teaching kids about sensitive topics as well


14 Cheryl ( August 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I have used a book for using the potty and for when I was expecting his little brother.


15 Staci A August 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Yes, I think books are a great resource when dealing with tough topics.


16 Melissa P. August 29, 2013 at 6:14 am

Yes. I like to use all types of mediums as examples to teach my child about situations and daily life.


17 katklaw777 August 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Yes…Yertle the Turtle…about using other people to get what you want and not in a good way.


18 JoBeth August 30, 2013 at 1:58 am

yes we discuss strangers bullying safety issues


19 1955nurse August 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

Yes – the Kissing Hand… it’s a wonderful book, & now there are more in the series! Thanks for the chance….


20 1955nurse August 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

Yes – the Kissing Hand… it’s a wonderful book, & now there are more in the series! Thanks for the chance….

(Posting some of these entries, not sure if they’re going thru or not! The post doesn’t show up, but if I try to re-post it says “Duplicate entry, you’ve already said that!)


21 itzybellababy August 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm

We haven’t yet, but could in the future.


22 DEBIJOT August 30, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Yes, a book that is on a child’s level can help with explaining difficult situations.


23 Natalie August 31, 2013 at 8:49 am

No but it’s a great idea thank you


24 Christine August 31, 2013 at 9:16 am

I use books all the time, they are great information starters and often say things better than I can :)


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