Splotch – written and illustrated by Gianna Marino


   Splotch – written and illustrated by Gianna Marino, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, 9780451469571, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Marino yet again presents a quirky story with expressive illustrations.  Splotch the goldfish “runs away” and his young owner becomes deeply concerned when he discovers that Splotch looks different when he returns home the next day.  This is a twist on perspectives as we see a slightly frazzled mother work to set her son’s mind at ease, only to have the roles reversed!

This is suited for older readers to practice inferences through the illustrations as the sparse text leaves plenty of room for visual literacy.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The story seems to be more for adults than children as the primary focus is the mother.  While the story will be familiar to families, kids who would be suited to such a short story in picture-book format may still be a little young to appreciate the humor.

To whom would you recommend this bookRecommended for elementary readers (grade 1+) who enjoyed Petty’s I Don’t Want to Be a Frog and Sarcone-Roach’s The Bear Ate Your Sandwhich

Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (looking bulk up their picture book selections for older elementary students)

Where would you shelve it ? Picture book collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Probably give this one a pass.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of review: June 16, 2017

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