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Kid’s Book Review (Back to School Edition): Sea Monster’s First Day

by Kate Messner
Illustrated by Andy Rash

Being the new kid, or monster, in school can be a terrifying, misery-inducing experience.  I think most of us bigger folk who’ve progressed through some kind of school system can relate to the feelings of isolation, despair, and fear that come part and parcel with passing through the threshold of any new-to-you establishment already filled with clicks, clans, and couples. Maybe some carry scars, but generally it gets better. And quickly.

This time of year – back to school season – can be especially hard on our littlest students.  It can, therefore, be prudent to begin chipping away at that imposing wall with adorable back-to-school themed books like Sea Monster’s First Day.  Presented by author Kate Messner in a lighthearted manner with snappy illustrations by Andy Rash, Ernest the over-sized sea monster’s loneliness issue and its playful resolution can assist in making the transition to a new school, classroom, or teacher a bit less gut-wrenching.

And even though the exact manner in which your child will eventually make buddies in their new classroom has zero chance of mimicking this particular sea monster’s roller coaster of emotions, the narrative of assimilation and friend-making will ring true and will help.

Sea Monster’s First Day is also an enjoyable read for 4-6 year old kids that don’t yet possess Ernest’s fears of not fitting in at school.  Additionally, the simple story stands on its own anytime of year but will be especially poignant over the next few weeks.

*OWTK received a copy of Sea Monster’s First Day for review considerations.  The opinions expressed above are unbiased and honest.

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