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Another fantastic book by Ben Clanton! My students recognize his name and get excited for all his books. They are thrilled to read his books. So, I can't say enough good things about Ben Clanton and his books. Rot, The Cutest in the World is a funny book that helps kids have discussions about ignoring negative talk from others, not judging someone by their appearance, and having the self-confidence to take chances. I have read this book to children and adults, and everyone has loved it so far. Truly, a great book.
Rot has so much to offer readers. First up, honesty. Yes it’s okay to like to win, yes we all compare ourselves to others and yes we all have considered doing something we are not supposed to. Then there’s Rot’s joy of being who he is regardless of how he measured up to others. And to top it all off, when he shows us his best side, it truly is hilarious, even the third time around! I value how Ben Clanton presented the idea that we all have a group we belong to, we all have our people, without making it a teachable moment, saccharine, or overly explaining the outcome, demonstrating he believes in his readers’ ability to think and draw their own conclusions.
Delightful book with a memorable main character and a great message. My students have been waiting to meet ROT, and he was worth the wait! Well done, Ben Clanton! I think children and adults of all ages will enjoy this book!
What a funny book about being proud of who you are! I frequently purchase children’s books being a primary teacher. I saw this one and gave it a shot. So glad I did! My students (second grade) loved it and sparked good discussions about being proud of who you are and takin risks since you never know who Is going to be there for you!
My first grade students are OBSESSED with this book as a read aloud and often argue over who gets to read it during free read. The unique character of a Rotten Mutant Potato captivates little kids imaginations. The author’s multiple messages are great to teach into as well: Be happy with who you are, don’t let others bring you down, believe in yourself, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, and most importantly be kind. WARNING: a potato Tushie is in a picture and may cause uncontrollable laughter!
A really cute story about a potato who thinks he is great even if others don't see it right away. I was hoping for a bit more to the story by the end--maybe a bigger "a ha" moment for the other characters. The story is a bit short, I think. Despite that I am happy to have this as part of my collection.