Sea Monkey & Bob

Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
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About The Book

Two delightfully anxious friends learn that they can overcome anything—even gravity—in this humorous and heartwarming picture book from bestselling author Aaron Reynolds and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi.

Bob the puffer fish and his best buddy Sea Monkey may be little but they’ve got one ocean-sized problem. Sea Monkey’s terrified he’ll sink straight to the bottom of the ocean. After all, he’s heavy, and all heavy things sink, right? Bob on the other hand is worried that his puffed up frame will float up above the surface. He’s light, and all light things float! How will they stay together when the forces of gravity are literally trying to pull them apart? By holding hands, of course! Sea Monkey and Bob learn that sometimes the only way to overcome your fears is to just keep holding on…

About The Author

Photo by Suzanne Plunkett

Aaron Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author and has written many highly acclaimed books for kids, including Here Comes Destructosaurus!, Carnivores, and the Caldecott Honor–winning book Creepy Carrots! He regularly makes time to visit schools where his hilarious hands-on presentations keep kids spellbound. Aaron lives in Chicago with his wife, two kids, four cats, and anywhere between zero and ten goldfish, depending on the day. Visit Aaron at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 2017)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481406765
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

Raves and Reviews

"A barrel of giggles, exaltation of friendship, and slight science to boot."

– Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2017

"Ohi’s (Where Are My Books?) puckish cartoons and Reynolds’s (President Squid) fine comic timing light up this story about how friends help each other."

– Publisher's Weekly, February 13, 2017

"Like Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books...Just the right amount of silliness enhances the tale of the already comical,
bow tie–wearing, google-eyed Sea Monkey and the bright yellow, puffed-out Bob."

– Booklist, March 1, 2017

"This is a humorous story of friendship and a great way to introduce the concept of buoyancy in a classroom.... A fun addition to any library and especially as part of a science lesson"

– School Library Journal, July 2017

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