Ice Boy – David Ezra Stein

          Ice Boy – David Ezra Stein, Candlewick Press, (9780763682033) 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  The adventures of a little ice cube from freezer through the water cycle are brought to life with watery blue and green toned watercolor illustrations and humorous pun-filled dialogue-balloon asides.  Ice Boy lives in the freezer with his family as they all wait to “be chosen.” This usually means ending up in a drink or a cold compress, but Ice Boy wants more.  He has been told to never go outside and never go in the sun, but one day he does both and ends up at the beach.  Ice Boy is absorbed into the ocean and becomes Water Boy, but then he lands on a beach towel and turns into Vapor Boy.  He has fun up in the clouds and during a thunderstorm is turned back into Ice Boy and lands as a piece of summer hail in the very same drink his parents have been chosen for. His Dad says “Oh, Ice Boy! You’re a sight for sore ice.”  This is a fun trip through the water cycle as well as an action packed adventure of an unlikely hero.  

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This could be useful for teachers to use in units about the water cycle.  Readers who enjoy silly adventure stories will also find lots to laugh about in the story of Ice Boy.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/21/17             

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