Tropical Terry by Jarvis

Tropic Terry by Jarvis
Review Copy from Candlewick
With each picture book he creates, Jarvis keeps getting better. I want to tell you about the story in Tropical Terry, but first I have to talk about the stunning illustrations. He excels at creating characters that feel like old friends but also bust off the page with personality. Set in a coral reef, Jarvis has found the perfect blue for his ocean, which serves as a backdrop for an array of colorful creatures. And then there's Terry. Terry is almost the same color as the sea he swims in. Even though he has fun playing games with his best pals, the plain Cilla the crab and simple Steve the sea snail, Terry has dreams. He wants to fit in with the "dashing, flashing crew" of Coral Reef City. Cilla and Steve step up to help Terry when he gets a brilliant idea that he thinks will cement his place in the Coral Reef City crew. But, when danger threatens, it's the games Terry played with Cilla and Steve that save him and his new friends - and what make him popular with the fancy fish.

Individuality and self-esteem are themes in Tropical Terry (as in so many kid's books) but what shines through is the idea that it is the creative community - and creative play - that Terry shared with Cilla and Steve that matter most, not looking like all the popular kids, I mean fish...

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Illustrated by Jarvis

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