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I had very high hopes for this book. I’m a huge fan of Rot! I have a Rot themed section of my classroom with Rot artwork and a crocheted Rot that a parent made for me. So I thrilled that this book was everything I had hoped for, though I wasn’t worried because Ben Clanton hasn’t disappointed me, yet. He writes engaging stories with great dialogue and develops complex characters throughout his books. It has a good message on self-confidence, believing in yourself and being brave. It’s also one of those books that is a fun read aloud for kids and adults.
What I’m looking forward to for this next school year is doing an author study on Ben Clanton with my 2nd grade class. Between Rot and his Narwhal and Jelly series, he has developed a distinct style and voice that would be fun for kids to analyze. I like how this book has a very similar structure on how the story progresses, but it’s still a completely different story. My recommendation is to buy it, and if you don’t have his other books, get them too!
Almost as good as the first one, my 5 yo daughter still loves this one and we have read it many times, she absolutely loves Rot. Teaching you something you were once scared of might actually be something you'll love if you try.