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The Greatest in the World!

Book #1 of Tater Tales
Illustrated by Ben Clanton

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About The Book

Two spud siblings face off in a series of epic challenges in this first “delightful laugh-on-every-page” (Booklist) installment of a hilariously silly graphic novel chapter book series from the bestselling creator of the Narwhal and Jelly books.

Rot is a mutant potato who wakes up feeling great, maybe even…the greatest in the world! But that only makes Rot’s brother Snot the grumpiest in the world. The only solution? An epic contest to prove who is the greatest once and for all, judged by the only impartial party they can find—their small fry little sister, Tot.

But as the stakes get higher through the muddy potato sack race, sacred hot potato roll, and a hilarious laughing contest, their rivalry spirals out of control. Suddenly Rot’s not feeling so spudtacular anymore. Will this tater trio ever be able to determine who the greatest in the world really is?

About The Author

Photograph by Kelsey Clanton

Ben Clanton is a lot like a mutant potato. He too enjoys mud, eating stuff, and playing games. When Ben isn’t doing these things (and sometimes when he is), he likes to make books. Books like the Tater Tales series, It Came in the MailSomething Extraordinary, and the New York Times bestselling Narwhal and Jelly series. See what he is up to at BenClanton.com.

About The Illustrator

Photograph by Kelsey Clanton

Ben Clanton is a lot like a mutant potato. He too enjoys mud, eating stuff, and playing games. When Ben isn’t doing these things (and sometimes when he is), he likes to make books. Books like the Tater Tales series, It Came in the MailSomething Extraordinary, and the New York Times bestselling Narwhal and Jelly series. See what he is up to at BenClanton.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 3, 2023)
  • Length: 88 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534493193
  • Grades: 1 - 4
  • Ages: 6 - 9

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Raves and Reviews

"Just as silly and ­appealing as Narwhal and Jelly....An excellent addition where early reader graphic novels are popular (that is, ­everywhere)"

– School Library Journal, October 2022

Mutant potato brothers Rot and Snot have a competition to decide who is the greatest in the world, to be judged by their little sister, Tot. When neither a potato sack race nor a game of hot potato produces a winner, they have a laugh-off, with an unexpected result. Potato puns abound in “spudtacular” fashion, and Clanton’s characters have many more expressions than Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. ­Enthusiastic early riser Rot is medium-sized and brownish, grumpy Snot is larger and greener, and “super chipper.” Tot is the smallest, with yellowish skin and a blue and white polka-dotted bow (which matches the endpapers). Five short chapters, ­followed by “Spudtacular Facts and Fun,” introduce readers to Clanton’s new characters, who are just as silly and ­appealing as Narwhal and Jelly. Back matter includes ­step-by-step instructions for how to draw Rot. ­

VERDICT An excellent addition where early reader graphic novels are popular (that is, ­everywhere).–Jenny Arch

– School Library Journal, October 2022

"This tater trio, and worm, will keep readers laughing, singing, and cheering from the first page to the last."

– Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2022

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